Defense Ministry: Gen. Johnson Did Not Threaten ‘Politicians’

first_imgCOS Johnson: “Our soldiers are professional trained to maintain the country’s peace.”Authorities of the Ministry of National Defense (MoD) on Tuesday, December 11, 2018, clarified that a statement attributed to the Chief of Staff (CoS) of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL), Major/General Prince C. Johnson, III, as published in the Tuesday’s edition of the Daily Observer newspaper was taken out of context, “because he did not threaten ‘politicians’ in any form or manner.”According to the Ministry, Gen. Johnson’s statement called on media practitioners to promote a cordial working relationship with the security sector, particularly the AFL, instead of taking stories from “politicians” whose intentions would mostly be to gain the confidence of voting populations.While the story in itself was accurate, the MOD felt the headline, as attributed to Gen. Johnson, was misleading, because he did not threaten to deal with “politicians” for whatever opinions they might have expressed against the security of the state.“We have a problem with the headline,” Collins said.At Monday’s event, Gen. Johnson said it will be fair on the part of journalists to contact relevant authorities within the military or at the Ministry of National Defense (MoD) before reporting on sensitive security issues.According to him, when there is any security issue, journalists should make it their duty to contact some former security experts in the country to get appropriate information on issues.He said when information pertaining to the movement of troops is not properly handled with adequate knowledge, it could eventually lead to serious security implications, adding that politicians and other stakeholders should be speaking on issues they are well abreast of instead of commenting on mere sentiments.On the role of the media, Gen. Johnson said building partnership with the media, looking at the critical role it plays in information dissemination, is important because of the partnership between the media and the military and must remain cordial so that the public understands what the army is doing in terms of improving the livelihood of the citizens.The two-day training aims to strengthen relations between the Liberian media and the AFL and to foster better working relations.The gathering also sought to discuss how the media, the AFL, and the Defense authorities could foster a better working relationship in the months and years ahead, with the media being used as a channel in reaching out to the public.The MoD and the AFL see the media as a critical partner in the discharge of their duties as their cordial and harmonious working relationship is important in helping the AFL deliver on their statutory mandate.Several topics, including “Understanding the Military Environment,” “National Obligations in Handling Security Information,” the “Role of the Media in Reporting Security Issues,” and “AFL Legal System,” were discussed at Monday’s gathering.Meanwhile, Deputy Defense Minister for Administration, Tibli Olandrus Dickson, has described journalists as people tasked to play a critical role in ensuring the peace and security of the state.Dickson’s statement comes in the wake of comments made by a Representative on a local radio station that the ministry was training some militias at one of the AFL training facilities.Minister Dickson said that it was unfortunate for a journalist to host such a person who does not have any knowledge or know the consequences when a prominent person, particularly a lawmaker speaks on security matters on the radio or tells the newspaper without underlining the consequences to national security.“The training that was taking place at the AFL facilities was not militias training or recruitment, rather a training of some Executive Protection Service (EPS) officers, and that the graduation was even witnessed by some legislators,” he clarified.Dickson then called on journalists to be patient whenever they want to get information, particularly when it relates to security or the military because some of the information you may hear from the army are “strictly confidential and not for public consumption.”He said because of the critical role journalists play in ensuring the security of the state, it is necessary to partner with them to ensure that the right information regarding the safety of the state is made public. On the development of the military, Dickson said the soldiers are no longer considered as ‘uneducated’ as they were being described in the past, adding, “Today, we have a professional army, some are medical doctors, lawyers, engineers, and professional marines.”Minister Dickson said that the AFL has representations at the African Union and at the United Nations where they are contributing immensely to the development of the state.For his part, Daniel Nyan-Konah, secretary-general of the Press Union of Liberia, who proxied for the president, Charles Cuffey, lauded the MoD authorities and the AFL for training journalists on how to report on military issues.According to Nyan-Konah, the two-day training provided to the Liberian journalists was groundbreaking, because the world today is more competitive, and therefore, urged his colleagues to be innovative in projecting themselves when it comes to the interest of the state.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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BASKETBALL: PCC FALCARRAGH’S DOUBLE WIN IN FOLENS TOURNAMENT

first_imgPCC Falcarragh Win Folens 1st year Basketball FinalsPCC Falcarragh claimed the Folens 1st Yr. Boys basketball tournament at the Aura on Friday last as they proved too skilful and sharp for a gutsy and athletic Errigal college team.Emmanuel Appaih got Errigal off to a good start when he netted after 20 seconds. Paul Doherty, who was a constant thorn in the Errigal side, replied soon after showing good composure after a nice drive to the basket. Errigal soon restored the lead when Devine Okorogi scored from the edge of the key. PCC soon regained the lead through Doherty, whilst the impressive Nigel Duncan scored twice for Errigal. Okorogi again netted from close in this time as PCC’s powerful forward Kyron Glennon showed great delight in replying with two baskets off offensive rebounds as the Falcarragh schools grip on the game began to take hold. Adam Boyle stretched their lead as the now on fire Doherty scored began to catch fire with a further three baskets to make the score 17-6 after the first quarter. The second quarter began with two fresh fives as is customary for basketball at this level and it proved a much more cagey affair. PCC at this stage had a foothold on the game and based their gameplan on a solid defence. Appaih neatly scored two baskets and a free throw during this period as PCC got into foul trouble with a few ill timed reach ins. Despite Enoch Nyarmo also netting from the free throw line the seasiders maintained their impressive, though now shortened lead through a brace from the elusive Ultan Boyle and baskets from Andrew Doohan and Paraic Sweeney. Half time score 25-9.With the Letterkenny lads now facing an uphill struggle it was in this third quarter that Falcarragh started to press home. Glennon again scored twice as Doherty really tore the hearts from the Errigal college. Time and again they pulled out wide leaving space for point guard Paul Doherty to use his ball handling skills to great effect as he constantly drove at the opposition defence. During this time he added with a tidy ten points. Errigal college refused to lie down however John Ward scoring just inside the three point line, Okorogi with a brace and the impressive Duncan netting another six points. It was a case of the clichéd too little too late as PCC emerged fully deserving winners sparking off jubilant celebrations at full time and they truly celebrated in style.It was commendable to see the high standards that these boys displayed in their first year in school and the spirit in which the game was played and this was helped by the way in which referee Billy Banda conducted the game.Teams; PCC:Fionn Mac Fhionnaighle, Neil Kelly, Shane Corless, PJ Doogan, Diarmuid Coyle, Andrew Doohan (2), Paul Doherty (21), Adam Boyle (3) Ultan Boyle (4), Paraic Sweeney (2), Micheál Mc Hugh, Kyron Glennon (11), Jason Wilkinson. Coach: Stephen Doohan. Errigal College: Enoch Nyarko (1), Dominick Dwyer, Devine Okorogi (8), Anthony Foy, Conor Faul, Jerry Obi, Emmanuel Appaih (7), John Ward (2), Nathan Jordan (14), Nigel Duncan (9).PCC Falcarragh Capture Girls Folens Basketball TitleThe Aura leisure centre was the venue for the Folens First Year Basketball finals day last Friday. P.C.C Falcarragh met local rivals Pobalscoil Ghaoth Dobhair.Clearly P.C.C were the stronger side from the early stages, however the final score 26-10 does not reflect the battle that PSGD created with their strong defence.After the first quarter the score board read 18-0 in favour of P.C.C. The PSGD girls battled it out showing tremendous defence in all of the last three quarters allowing P.C.C to score only 8 points after the first quarters. Both schools and their teachers must be commended on their performances. The atmosphere was electric.Many thanks to the Aura leisure centre for letting us use their facilities and Billy who refereed.A special thanks to Folens Book Company for supplying the cup.BASKETBALL: PCC FALCARRAGH’S DOUBLE WIN IN FOLENS TOURNAMENT was last modified: May 14th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:BASKETBALL: PCC FALCARRAGH’S DOUBLE WIN IN FOLENS TOURNAMENTlast_img read more

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