Senator Zargo: Liberian Gov’t Needs US$104 Million to Revamp Security Sector

MONROVIA, Montserrado – Lofa Senator Stephen Zargo, the chairman of the Senate committee on defense, intelligence and veterans affairs, says it will cost the Liberian government US$104 million to fully revamp the national army and police force.

Zargo said that when the necessary funds become available, it would take an additional three years to recruit and train the army and police.

The chairman has called upon the government to call all formerly demobilized soldiers of the Armed Forces of Liberia to form part of the new security force that he envisions. He explained that the measures advanced by his committee were meant to ensure that the country’s security force has the capacity to firmly take over from the United Nations Mission in Liberia.

The Lofa senator said, now that the UNMIL is scaling down its operations in the country, the government needs to put its house in order.

Zargo further noted that there are national security issues that remain unresolved in Liberia.

“The best way to go about this in the face of UNMIL’s drawdown is to have a security dialogue among the major security actors in the country,” said Zargo.

He said the country is not yet fully prepared for UNMIL’s withdrawal. He does not think the strength of the Liberian military and paramilitary has reached the stage where they can handle their security matters.

“Liberians are very much jittery about whether their government will be in a position to deal with any internal or external threats in the face of UNMIL’s withdrawal,” Zargo stated.

He pointed out that these cardinal issues surrounding security matters in Liberia need the collective effort of all national security actors in the country. Along that line, he is proposing to hold a national security conference in the near future.

Zargo warned that if the police and army do not coordinate in an event where there is a standoff, chaos may erupt.

Featured image courtesy of United Nations Photo


Zeze Ballah

Zeze made his journalism debut as a high school reporter at the LAMCO Area School System. In 2016 and 2017, the Press Union of Liberia awarded Zeze with the Photojournalist of the Year award. Zeze was also the union's 2017 Health Reporter of the Year. He is a Health Journalism Fellow with Internews.

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One Comment;

  1. Armstrong Tomah said:

    Hon.Senator thank for ur expression. The Liberian Government will no secure us until a president whose interest lies in military come to power. After UNMIL shall leave, our Army men will get salary from arresting citizens. Note: our army men will be nonthing but “Army of careless soldiers “.
    I pray we all work hard to support them!!!!

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