Representative Chambers said he is disappointed over the alleged failure of the Government to exert more efforts in pursuing diplomatic means to ensure that UNMIL stays for the next two years pending Legislative and Presidential elections in 2017. The Maryland County Lawmaker spoke to newsmen Monday at his Capitol Building Office.
He averred that the Liberia’s security agencies are not sophisticated enough to combat external and internal threats due to lack of logistics and funding to keep the army in readiness at all times.
The Maryland Lawmaker said the lack of an adequate funding to support the Armed Forces of Liberia is a matter of national concern that must be seriously considered by the Government before allowing the international peace keepers to leave.
Dr. Chambers noted that the Liberian Government does not have an adequately trained manpower to secure the peace which Liberians and the international community put together after years of civil conflict in the country.
He expressed fears over the presence of illegal foreigners and aliens around the country and said the low level of security personnel in the country threatens the country’s peace.
According to the Maryland tough-talking Legislator, reports of bad living condition for the Armed Forces of Liberia at the Edward Binyan Kesselly Barracks, and the lack of other social immunities could impede their functions in defending the country.
He said the AFL has not yet reached its full capacity as a state army, and recruitments are still going on around the country, noting that news of bad treatment being meted against those already enlisted could hurt any recruitment process and scare many recruits away.
Dr. Chambers urged the Liberian Government to put in place a proper security mechanism for the upcoming elections to avoid problems during electioneering.
At the same time, the Commissioner of the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization, Lemuel Reeves, recently said that most of the country’s borders are reportedly empty due to lack of manpower to secure them.
The BIN Boss said many check points and border points still need manpower, but stressed that despite the constraints the BIN is prepared to combat any border crisis.
He appealed to the Government to increase the national security budget to enable the various security apparatuses to function adequately in the wake of UNMIL departure.