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Armed Forces Day Orator: Kofi Woods calls for civilian-army partnership

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Attorney Samuel Koffi Woods
Attorney Samuel Koffi Woods

(elbcradi.com/Liberia/February 11, 2015)-A renowned Liberian legal practitioner is calling for partnership between the army and the citizenry.

Attorney Samuel Koffi Woods said: “During these critical times of the country’s history, the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) should exhibit good virtues worthy of building good civilian-army relations.”

“We would like to see the army subordinated to civilian authority and conform to all international protocols as part of its transformation efforts,” he noted.

The former Public Works Minister said the new army should also begin focusing on undertaking community-based development programs to buttress Liberia’s on-going recovery process.

Attorney Woods made the statement Wednesday, February 11, 2015 when he served as Keynote Speaker at the 58th celebration of Armed Forces Day at the Barclay Training Center in Monrovia.

He added: “One of the greatest expectations of new the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) is to inspire hope for the Liberian society and to support the country’s democratic governance process.”

At the same time, the Armed Forces Day Keynote Speaker is calling for more financial and moral support to the new Arm Forces of Liberia (AFL) to perform effectively.

Mr. Woods named housing units and better incentives for the AFL as some of the major priorities that must be addressed by the national government.

He wants additional programs put in place to enable personnel of the AFL contribute to the nation building initiatives after their departure from the army and also called for more support to the joint securities assigned at various entry points.

This year’s Armed Forces Day celebration is being held under the Theme, “Enhancing the capacities of the AFL to conduct humanitarian assistance and disaster-relief operations.”

February 11 of each year was declared as Armed Forces Day by an Act of the National Legislature and is being observed as a National Holiday throughout Liberia.

 


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