A member of the 53rd National Legislature is opting for a sharp increase in the country’s budget for security in the wake of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) drawdown.
According to Nimba County Electoral District #5 Representative Samuel Korgar, a significant increase in the country’s budget covering the security sector is cardinal to UNMIL’s drawdown plan, and as such, the legislature should institute measures and policies to support a smooth transition.
In a communication to the plenary at the House of Representatives, Korgar asserted that the current security budget is insignificant to the responsibilities of local securities that will take over from their international counterparts.
“Supporting a huge budget plan for security will improve capacity, manpower development and sophistication and attract more professionals to the service,” he noted.
The National Union for Democratic Progress (NUDP) of Nimba County Senator Prince Johnson maintained that inadequate preparation of the security to assume the role of the international peace keepers will have a negative effect on the stability of the state, buttressing a previous statement made by Ambassador Winston Tubman calling for the UN to maintain its current status in the country.
According to Ambassador Tubman, any attempt to continue the drawdown plan will affect the many gains achieved over the years.
Amb. Tubman, former UN Secretary General’s Special Representative to Somalia, warned of serious consequences if such plan is to take shape.
Meanwhile, the House plenary agreed to have its Ways, Means and Finance Committee headed by Lofa County Representative Moses Kollie handle the Korgar communication and advise plenary.
As for the new Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL), the West Point situation that led to the death of a teenager has placed a questionable human rights record on the army relating to civilian engagement.
Though their engagement in community development may have earned them some credits, several incidences involving army personnel and commercial motorcyclists that have resulted into the death of a motorbike rider have worsened public confidence in the security.