Eight Chinese professional and military experts were yesterday expected in the country to begin the training of some personnel of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL).
Defense Minister Brownie J. Samukai told journalists yesterday in Monrovia that the Chinese will train the engineering Unit of the army on the “operation and maintenance’ of several military equipment donated recently by the government of China.
It can be recalled that in February this year, the government of the People’s Republic of China, donated several engineering equipment valued US$4m to the government of Liberia to be used by the Engineering unit of the army. The equipment included tractors and heavy duty trucks.
Minister Samukai said that the training is expected to last for six months. He stated further that at the end of the training the experts are expected to undertake what he called ‘a strategic intervention” along with the Ministry of Public Works, to help rehabilitate roads, road survey and land evaluation.
It is likely that some personnel of the Ministry of Public Works may be seconded to benefit from the training program, as that Ministry is important in such initiative, like engineering.
It can be recalled that the engineering unit of the army was re-established with support from the United States Government, which provided tools and equipment for the re-establishment of that Unit. The government also provided US$3.5m training equipment.
Minister Samukai said all of these are geared towards enhancing the ability and capacity of the army and also to immensely contribute to government’s overall reconstruction programs after years of devastation.