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Minister Brown pays homage to UNOMIL General Opandi
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MONROVIA, Dec 10 (LINA) - Information minister Lewis Browne has paid homage to former Kenyan Commander of the United Nations Observer Mission in Liberia (UNOMIL), General Daniel Opandi.

He said he had an opportunity to work with General Opandi and was impressed with his capability. “When things were crumbling you could rely on him,” Brown said of the Kenyan General.

Minister Brown paid the homage Tuesday when the visiting Kenyan National Defense College delegation paid a courtesy call on him at his Capitol Hill office in Monrovia.

Briefing the delegation further, the Minister said under a Five-Year Strategy, which is part of Vision 2030, the Liberian Government is prioritizing infrastructural development to improve the living conditions of its citizens.

He said the government prioritized infrastructural development because during the 14-year civil conflict, many infrastructure and properties were damaged.

He said Liberia is among nations in Africa that are paying high cost for electric power because the hydro plant that supplied the country with electricity was destroyed and is yet to be rehabilitated.

He expressed gratitude to the Defense College delegation for selecting Liberia for their annual study tour.

He spoke briefly on Liberia’s tourism and culture sectors, saying Liberia has great tourism potential but regretted that the needed infrastructure do not exist, while Government is yet to craft a tourism policy.

Minister Brown informed the visiting Defense College delegation that the Liberian Government is exploring means to develop the post-war country’s tourism and culture sectors.

 Earlier, the head the Kenyan National Defense College delegation, Ambassador Peter Ogego said the purpose of the tour is to draw lessons and make necessary recommendations that inform the formation of national policies and security strategies.

He said the study tour forms part of a one-year national Defense College course designed to complement and enrich the political, military, economic, social and technological themes of the course.

LINA DIR/RD/TSS/PTK

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