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Liberia: UNMIL Force Commander calls for greater self-dependency

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Tubmanburg, Liberia - UNMIL Force Commander, Lieutenant-General Chikadibia Isaac Obiakor, has urged 33 graduates of the Pakistani Battalion (PAK-BATT-7) sponsored technical skills training programme to take advantage of the training to acquire skills that will make them self-reliant and less dependent on aid and handouts. The graduates from the local community around the city of Tubmanburg had completed a six-week training exercise in automotive mechanics, electricity, and generator repair.

The Force Commander was on a tour of community projects being supported by PAK-BATT-7 in Bomi County and parts of Gbarpolu County over the weekend. He also commended the Pakistani contingent for their services to the people of Bomi.

According to the Pakistani Commanding Officer in the area, Lieutenant-Colonel Muhammad Naseer Raja, the training exercise was conducted to help improve technical expertise of the participants through the acquisition of skills that will enable them establish their own businesses and workshops. "The training workshop was to enable trainees to handle minor repairs of their equipment," he said.

Earlier, the Force Commander inspected a number of community projects, such as the rehabilitation of a seven-kilometre road linking Samwill to Gbarma, being undertaken by the Pakistani peacekeepers as part of their outreach activities. He also visited the Tubmanburg cemetery, which had been given a face lift by the peacekeepers. He was accompanied by Sector II Commander, Brigadier-General Ahmad Nawaz.