Defense Minister Brownie J. Samukai
Samukai Tours Towns Straddling Guinea, Cote d’Ivoire
MONROVIA, April 18 (LINA) - Defense Minister Brownie J. Samukai has lauded the joint security and citizens of Nimba County, particularly those residing along the borders with Guinea and Cote d’Ivoire for maintaining peace and stability for the common good of all citizens.
The Defense Minister made the commendation as a synchronized message he delivered to seven border points and several other towns during his five-day tour of the county which ran from April 12-16.
Samukai, at the head of a high-level delegation, visited the Ganta, Yekepa, Loguatuo, Tahtuo, Blemenpleu, Gbayleu and Gborpleu points.
The Minister and team, accompanied by Statutory Superintendent Bartuah Bartuah, also visited Sanniquellie, Kahnpleu, Bienneu, Garpleu, Mahndiapleu and Bongarpleu, where they held talks with officials and citizens.
At the border points, Minister Samukai, along with his entourage held joint security meetings, during which he was briefed by the joint security chiefs on challenges being faced at their various areas of assignment.
The Defense Minister thanked the joint security at the various border points for their vigilance and coordinated efforts which are contributing immensely to the maintenance of peace and security along Liberia’s eastern fringes.
“I am here to listen more and to be acquainted with the challenges along our points of entry so that I will be in the proper position to elevate those challenges for discussions at the national security level,” Minister Samukai said.
He added: “When the Commander-in-Chief says our border is secure, she is making reference to you.”
Speaking to various structures, including chiefs, elders, women, youths, traditional birth attendants, students, and Zoes during the tour, Minister Samukai intimated, “Let me take this time, on behalf of my boss, President Sirleaf, to commend you all for maintaining the peace and stability we continue to enjoy under this administration, particularly along the border areas.
“It is you, at the county, district, chiefdom, clan or township levels who are working with the local administrations to ensure we live in harmony.”
Minister Samukai emphasized to the citizens that the matter of security no longer rests solely with the uniformed elements of the country’s security sector, but all citizens, whether at the city or village level.
During his tour of Nimba County, Minister Samukai distributed assorted gifts to hundreds of children in various towns as his way of identifying with them.
Minister Samukai also donated cash and assorted items to the youth and citizen action groups engaged in development-oriented projects, including construction of youth centers, clinics and peace to responding to the soft security needs of those citizens.