According to Minister Samukai, the current inter security collaboration between the AFL and other security apparatus in the country has significantly contributed to the morale boosting of the gallant men and women of the army.
Making remarks at the Armed Forces Day celebration in Monrovia, Minister Samukai declared that AFL’s preparedness to take charge of the country security can be attributed to the continuous support from major international partners including the governments of the USA and China.
“With support from these partners, the AFL has benefited from numerous trainings in diverse military disciplines including training in ordinance disposal aimed at enhancing the ability of the military for future challenges,” Minister Samukai said.
The Defense Minister emphasized the need for the protection of the welfare of members of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL), as this is a key priority for the unremitting professionalization of the army.
He disclosed that the government of Liberia has topped up the pension benefits for members of the AFL with USD$1million, and it is expected to increase in the future to a little over USD$3 million.
Minister Samukai renewed pledge of AFL’s commitment to public service responsibilities, pointing to the collaboration between the Ministry of Public Works in rehabilitating community and feeder roads across the country.
He believes the military has demonstrated its statutory responsibility to defend the territorial integrity of the state and has proven that it is capable to provide effective support to civil authority.