The Government of Liberia, through the Ministry of Justice, has resolved to execute United Nations Security Council Resolution 2190. This resolution calls for Liberia to take full charge of security within its borders by 2016.
The UN Security Council unanimously adopted resolution 2190 (2014) in mid-December 2014, extending the mandate of the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) for another year, until 30 September 2015, and deciding that part of the Mission’s mandate would be to coordinate with the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER), as appropriate.
In preparation of the expiration of UNMIL’s mandate, the newly confirmed Justice Minister, Cllr. Benedict Sannoh, has told President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf that the Ministry plans to put into effect the UN Security Council Resolution 2190.
President Sirleaf appointed Minister Sannoh late last year to replace Cllr. Christiana Tah who resigned due to disagreements with the President.
Minister Sannoh was speedily confirmed, by the Liberian Senate, to take over the Ministry.
Speaking with the Liberian leader when she paid an impromptu early morning visit to the Ministry, Cllr. Sannoh noted that the operational plan will commence within the next three weeks and would be implemented in close collaboration with UNMIL.
Responding, President Sirleaf instructed the Justice Ministry to ensure that the security transition plan is time-barred, with clear benchmarks to ensure that the process is smooth and gradual.
Meanwhile, President Sirleaf has commended the Liberia National Police (LNP) for rebuilding its image and challenged them to invest more into community policing.
She said she is impressed with the improved image of the LNP and the growing sense of public acceptance of the force.
“I commend you for the changing perception of the police in the improving conduct of the officers for which we are seeing better public acceptance of the police and its protection of the people. This is a change which must continue with increased respect for rights as well as disciplined and professional care in the exercise of your duty", the President declared.
She has also called on officials of government either to step up or step out, indicating that officials must now become more committed to the vision and national initiative and priorities of the government or resign.
"We have a lot of work to do in our post – Ebola recovery, and will need to be focused and dedicated with each doing their very best to achieve the best for our people", President Sirleaf said.
She added that she would not hesitate to wield the administrative axe as needed whenever weak links to progress are identified.
President Sirleaf asked her officials to “think outside the box and explore new ways to get the job done,” adding "we must get the development agenda back on track as soon as possible."