Posted by: africanpressorganization | 8 August 2008

Liberia / UN / Nigerian peacekeepers play a crucial role in Liberia’s recovery and development, says UN Envoy


Liberia / UN / Nigerian peacekeepers play a crucial role in Liberia’s recovery and development, says UN Envoy


MONROVIA, Liberia, August 8, 2008/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Underscoring Nigeria’s peacekeeping role as crucial in assisting Liberia to achieve its recovery, rehabilitation and development objectives, UN Envoy Ellen Margrethe Løj has awarded peacekeeping medals to 1,649 Nigerian infantry, engineering and medical military personnel at a parade in Monrovia.


Recounting Nigeria’s leading role in UN peacekeeping, both in Liberia and the rest of the world, Ms. Løj commended Nigeria’s commitment to peace in Liberia. She also paid tribute to the heroic sacrifices that Nigerians have made over the years in bringing peace to Liberia.


Members of the Nigerian contingent provide security to Monrovia which is the seat of government. They guard key Government installations such as the seaport, airport, and parliament, among others. They also provide security for the President, Vice President, and other VIPs. She thanked the contingent for its community outreach programmes including the provision of medical assistance and vocational training, and constructing and renovating schools.


The SRSG also emphasized that the contingent’s support to the Liberia National Police and UN Police in curbing crime in Liberia was “very important and reassuring”.


“UNMIL will continue supporting the Liberian Government in combating crimes such as armed robberies and rape,” Ms. Løj stated. Further, measures will however need to be implemented to ensure a safe and secure environment and restore citizens’ confidence in Liberia’s rule of law institutions, she noted.


The Special Representative of the Secretary-General, SRSG, said this would also ensure that Liberia did not slide back into conflict and chaos, allowing the Government’s recovery programmes to move ahead unhindered.


Attending the ceremony was the Chief of Army Staff of the Nigerian Army, Lt.-Gen. Luka N. Yusuf, who led a Nigerian Government delegation. Lt.-Gen. Yusuf had paid a courtesy call on the SRSG a day earlier during which they reviewed the peace process and discussed UNMIL’s ongoing drawdown plan. The Nigerian Army Chief pledged the continued support of the Nigerian government to the UN efforts in Liberia.


Present during ceremony were the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Rule of Law, Ms. Henrietta Mensa-Bonsu, Acting UNMIL Force Commander, Maj.-Gen. Carl Modey, UN Police Commissioner, Mr. Henrik Stiernblad, and Liberian Government National Security Advisor, Dr. H. Boima Fahnbulleh. The Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Nigeria accredited to Liberia, His Excellency Ebenezer Ayo Adigun, and members of the diplomatic corps from Sierra Leone, Guinea, Ghana, China, Lebanon and the African Union, officials from the Liberian Government and UNMIL were among others who attended.



SOURCE : Mission of UN in Liberia


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