President George Manneh Weah has promised to build Liberias first Military Teaching Hospital exclusively for the Army and other security forces.
The Liberian leader made the promise Monday, February 12, 2018 when he spoke at the 61stanniversary of Armed Forces Day (AFL), which is celebrated February 11 each year.
The ceremony took place at the Barclay Training Center in Monrovia.
The Liberian leader said when built, the facility will be the first ever Military Hospital built in Liberia. He added that the hospital will be equipped with modern facilities, and will be staffed by highly trained medical personnel.
Speaking further, President Weah said the facility will also be a Teaching Hospital, to train the men and women in arms in all medical disciplines.
Responding to the urgent housing needs of the men and women of the AFL, the President said he was committed to tackling the problem because the families of servicemen and women have outgrown the existing facilities and there is an urgent need to address such pressing problem.
President Weah then instructed the Minister of National Defense to begin an immediate assessment of all military housing facilities across the country and report to him within the shortest possible time to begin to find lasting solution to the problem.
The Liberian leader also said his administration will ensure that members of the AFL will not only be respected, but will be one of the main drivers of the Change for Hope agenda.
He said his administration will be committed to building an army of professionally trained soldiers, who are well paid, highly educated, comfortably housed, and medically cared for according to the highest standards.
President Weah however thanked Liberias bilateral military partners for their continued support to maintain and strengthen the existing bilateral arrangements.
He emphasized collaboration with the United Nations in maintaining national and international peace and security.
February 11 was set aside as Armed Forces Day by an Act of the National Legislature in 1957 – to honor the men and women in arms for their contribution to the nation.
This years theme for the celebration of the day was dubbed: The Armed Forces of Liberia A Force for Good, Contributing to Regional Stability, Promoting Peace and Reconciliation in Liberia.
By: Cyrus Harmon