Rep. Smith Heads National Defense Committee

The Speaker of the 54th National Legislature, Dr. Bhofal Chambers has named Representative Jimmy W. Smith of District #2,  Monsterrado County, as Chairman on the National Defense Committee in the Lower House.

The new Defense Committee Chairman is a staunch executive member of the Coalition for Democratic Congress (CDC) of President George Manneh Weah.

House Speaker Chambers said individuals appointed to various committees in the Lower House  possess high degree of good moral conduct and he has confidence in their integrity to steer the affairs of their respective committees as Chairpersons and the memberships.

As a statutory committee within the leadership of the Lower House,  the Defense Committee has a constructional mandate to amongst other things help to strategize appropriate mechanisms working with relevant authorities and security institution of government to train, recruit and supervise the activities of the country’s defense system in terms of protecting lives and properties within the territorial confines of Liberia.

It has an oversight responsibility to liaise with and collaborate with appropriate national defense actors to assist in designing strategies for the training of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL), Coast Guard to protest the nation’s coastal lines from any security threats.

Speaking briefly to reporters following his appointment, Rep. Smith assured members of the Lower House of his readiness to chair such a strategic committee, noting, “With the cooperation of my committee’s members, we will make a difference for our people.”

Rep. Smith comes to the position with a wealth of experience backed by his academic and professional expertise and credentials. He holds a degree in security science and did much study in policing in both United States and Liberia.

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