COMMENTARY

Recently, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf launched the final phase of the rehabilitation and reintegration components of the disarmament, demobilization, rehabilitation and reintegration (DDRR) program at the Monrovia vocational training center in Monrovia

During the launch, president Sirleaf extolled ex-combatants for denouncing violence and taking advantage of formal education and vocational training programs offered by the national commission on disarmament, demobilization, reintegration and rehabilitation (NCDDRR) to contribute to the reconstruction and development of Liberia.

The Liberian leader said the reintegration and rehabilitation program is intended to provide livelihood skills to ex-combatants and make them productive partners in the on-going development process in Liberia.

Addressing up to 500 ex-combatants at the program, President Johnson Sirleaf said Liberia is proud of the remarkable achievement, and that the action of the ex-combatants represents the spirit of the Accra peace accord.

The Liberian leader also appealed on behalf of the ex-combatants to the business community to prioritize the employment of those who have completed the full circle of training. She said this will serve as an inducement and send a message that there is a dividend for peace.

The final phase, which targets up to 7,000 ex-combatants is very necessary at this time as it will help to give opportunities to those who did not benefit from any training during the first phase of the program.

With this, it is only appropriate to call on all ex-combatants that have not been trained to take advantage of the opportunity and find themselves careers for the future.

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