Defense Minister Brownie J. Samukai has expressed appreciation to the ECOWAS Commission for its continuous engagement with Liberia’s Ministry of National Defense (MOD), a release from the ministry has said. According to the release, Minister Samukai anticipates that democratic governance can gain traction in the West African sub-region and cause an economic boom “for the betterment of our common peoples.” Samukai acknowledged the historical role ECOWAS has played over the years with regards to impacting the development of the Liberian defense sector.
He thanked the ECOWAS Commission for the support to regional partners who are contributing to the professionalism of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) through the ECOWAS Advisory and Training Team. Minister Samukai further thanked the visiting ECOWAS delegation for the slot given to Liberia to serve within the ECOWAS Training Department in Abuja, Nigeria.
Samukai made these remarks when the vice president of the ECOWAS Commission, Dr. Edward David Singhatey, accompanied by Ambassador Tunde O. Ajisomo, Special Representative of the President of ECOWAS Commission in Liberia; Sampson Eyekosi, Program Officer –Strategic Movement; and Isaias Barreto da Rosa, Commissioner in charge of Telecommunication and Information Technologies, paid a courtesy call on him at his Barclay Training Center office in Monrovia yesterday. The purpose of the visit was in furtherance of ECOWAS’ commitment to Liberia, specifically to strengthen cooperation with MOD.
Dr. Singhatey praised Minister Samukai and the members of the Liberian defense sector for the professional management of the sector over the years. He further thanked the MOD and the AFL for the preparedness and readiness to host the upcoming Chiefs of Defense Staff (CDS) meeting in Monrovia, scheduled from September 6 to 8. On the upcoming elections in Liberia, Dr. Singhatey assured Minister Samukai of ECOWAS’ preparedness to send long-term and short-term observers to engage the Government of Liberia and all political parties with the aim of conducting free and peaceful elections.
Singhatey, on behalf of the ECOWAS Commission, expressed condolences for the loss of Colonel Solomon Gonny, who served ECOWAS, and Cpl. Ousman Sheriff, who lost his life in Mali while on active peacekeeping duty.