Commentary:Ex-combatants Must Take Advantage Of DDRR Program

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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Author: D K Sengbeh

Danicius Kaihenneh Sengbeh (author of Sengbeh's Weblog) is a respected and renowned Liberian journalist, poet and writer with with journalism experience since 2001, of working both as a mainstream journalist and a communication/media consultant in Liberia. He is Secretary General of the Press Union of Liberia (elected Dec 2013). He was Assistant Secretary General of the Union Dec 2011 to Dec 2013. He is also Editor-In-Chief of The Informer Newspaper—one of Liberia’s credible dailies. Before joining the Informer, Danicius had served as reporter, chief reporter, sub-editor and News Editor at The Independent Newspaper between 2002 and 2006. Before then, he was reporter at the defunct Patriot Newspaper and Kiss FM 2001-2002. Danicius is a UN Media Fellow and Liberia’s first UN Medal Award-winning journalist for his contribution to journalism and for being the second Liberian journalist in 15 years to qualify for and successfully attended the United Nations’ Reham Al-Farra Memorial Journalist Fellowship Program in New York and Geneva, Switzerland in 2012. He earned a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Mass Communication and Sociology from the University of Liberia and a Diploma in Journalism from the International School of Journalism. He holds several awards and recognitions both in and outside of journalism, and carries dozens of certificates in journalism and communication from studies in Ghana, China, United States and Switzerland, among others. He volunteers as Chair of the Information and Communication Committee of his local Bardnersville community. He can be quickly reached via (+231) 886586531/777586531/777464018/ dakasen1978@yahoo.com

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