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Security sector demands more money

Various security institutions here are lobbying with the Liberian Senate for huge budgetary increment to effectively man the country after the departure of the United Nations Mission in Liberia or UNMIL in 2017.

Speaking to reporters following several hours of discussions with heads of security agencies and National Security Advisor, Dr. H. Boima Fahnbulleh, at the Capitol Building Wednesday in Monrovia, the Senate Chairman on Intelligence, Security and Veteran Affairs, Lofa County Senator Steve Zargo, said, Liberia is about to witness drawdown of UNMIL military and police forces.

He said that the Government is now erecting measures that will put the country in a better position to take full control of security after 14 years of bloody civil unrest.

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Grand Bassa County Senator Mrs. Nyonblee Karnga-Lawrence, on February 12, 2015 wrote Senate President Pro-Tempore, Armah Zolu Jallah, calling for an urgent hearing on the Executive Branch of government to discuss national security. 

According to her, such meeting requires participation of heads of all security agencies, including the Defense Ministry, Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of Liberia and Directors, respectively, of the Liberia National Police and the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization.

Senator Karnga-Lawrence rightly conjectured (thought) that UNMIL might not be inclined to sit in such a hearing. 

She therefore suggested that the Senate should have a closed-door meeting with that UN Agency for a frank exchange of information and ideas on the issue of Liberia’s preparedness for UNMIL’s scheduled departure in June 2016.

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UNMIL has since 2003 been responsible for national security here and is due to end its mission by June next year.  

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