Ghana praised for role in Liberia

Dr Benjamin Kumbuor, (third from right)in a pose with the Liberian delegation led by Mr Brownie J.Samukai,(third from left)Minister of National Defence Liberia.Photo Michael Ayeh..GHANA has been commended for its contribution in rebuilding Liberia after years of protracted conflict which claimed many lives in that country.

Mr. Brownie Samukai, the Liberian Defence Minister who made the commendation in Accra yesterday, said his country owed Ghana, lot of gratitude more especially during the turmoil and the Ebola crisis.

Mr. Samukai, who was on a four-day official visit to Ghana made the remarks when he called on the Minister of Defence, Dr. Benjamin Kunbuor at the ministry.

The Liberian Minister was leading a 10-member delegation to share some experiences and lessons from Ghana

He recounted Ghana’s commitment during the conflict by deploying a number of troops to curb the situation through the Economic Community of West African States Monitoring Group (ECOMOG) and the United Nations Mission in Liberia.

Besides, Mr. Samukai said, Ghana helped at implementing a number of conflict resolution mechanisms including the disarmament, demobilisation and reintegration process which brought stability, peace and development to Liberia.

He assured of his country’s preparedness to carry out the responsibility in restructuring its systems while assuring its determination to adhere to the Memorandum of Understanding it entered with Ghana in 2008.

During the Ebola crisis, Mr. Samukai said, apart from Ghana serving as a hub, it also deployed experts and medical practitioners to assist at eradicating the disease.

He also lauded the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre for imparting academic excellence in a number of Liberians who had come to the centre to pursue various courses.

He appreciated the joint cooperation that existed between Ghana and other sub-regional countries including Liberia at dealing with counter terrorism, cross border crimes, drug trafficking and piracy on the Gulf of Guinea.

On his part, Dr. Kunbuor said security was essential to every country in the maintenance of peace and the sustenance of its democratic credentials.

He said cross border crime had taken different dimension and it called for member countries to join forces to deal with them, saying no country was an island as far as security of its people and safety of the country was concerned.

Issues of defence and border security, the minister said, were essential and an integral part of every country, noting that”no country can say it is ok as far as the security of its country and the borders are concerned”.

Dr. Kunbuor said the two countries have had good standing relationship and that Ghana would continue to render its support to Liberia adding that, there were some Ghanaians currently serving there.

By Francis Asamoah Tuffour & Benedicta Folley



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