By Alhaji Saidu Kamara…………………………
The Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces (RSLAF) is gearing up to send soldiers on peace keeping mission around the world once again.
The Commander-in-Chief of RSLAF, President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma assured the men and women of RSLAF that immediately after the Ebola scourge would have been finally defeated, Sierra Leone soldiers, he said would resume their normal peace keeping operations. The President made these remarks over the week end during the symbolic ceremony of the turning of the sod for the construction of billets for RSLAF personnel at the Peace Keeping Training Centre at Hastings in the outskirt of Freetown.
Sierra Leone soldiers serving as peace keepers in war torn countries such as Somalia and Sudan have won accolade for their contribution to peace and stability in various areas of deployment. The last batch of RSLAF peace keepers under the command of Col. Abu Conteh of LEOBAT 1 arrived in January 2015 after serving for over 18 months in the East African Country of Somalia.
President Koroma said the construction of the facilities is a demonstration of government’s firm commitment to improving the standards of RSLAF personnel as great ambassadors of the nation.
He commended the soldiers for their relentless efforts in the fight against the Ebola Virus Disease, which he said made them critical and relevant players in the development and governance of the country.
The President further assured the RSLAF that his government will continue to enhance their capacity to sustain their exemplary performance in and out of the country.
President Koroma said government will continue to improve on the welfare of the army by providing better accommodation and offices and to provide better salaries to continue to motivate them.
Earlier in his welcome address, the Director of Support and Logistic in the RSLAF Comrade M.B. Miller said the construction of facilities to house officers and men play a pivotal role in the command and control. He said such construction would create the enabling environment that would enhance the performance of RSLAF. The CDS Lt. Gen S.O. Williams said the project comprised of accommodation blocks for officers and men who will be training to serve in peace keeping mission.