President Sirleaf Issues Executive Order No. 8

Saturday, 14th April 2007
Monrovia, Liberia - Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has issued Executive Order number 8 extending the mandate of the National Commission on Disarmament, Demobilization, Rehabilitation and Reintegration (NCDDRR).

Executive order Number 8, issued April 12, stresses the urgent need to continue to implement the program objectives of the DDRR.

The Executive Order noted that there still exists a residual caseload of beneficiaries within the RR Program which if not addressed, could derail the peace process and undermine national security.

In the Executive Order, President Johnson Sirleaf directed that the NCDDRR Program shall continue to exist as part of the overall restoration process, and that the program will remain a source of empowerment in the areas of skills training of RR beneficiaries to prepare them for the job market.

President Johnson Sirleaf said the program will be a source of rapid integration of RR beneficiaries into civil society and will serve as a direct medium of national healing and reconciliation.

According to the Executive Order, appointing power for executives of the Commission shall remain vested in the President, while the Vice President shall have full oversight of the operations of the Commission.

The Executive Order also provides that the full responsibilities and functions of the Rehabilitation and Reintegration program be transferred from UNDP to the NCDDRR within the context of national ownership to complete the final cycle of the program.

The CNDDRR was set up as part of the Comprehensive Peace Accord entered into on August 18, 2003 by and between the Government of Liberia and the warring factions Liberians United for Reconciliation and Development and the Movement for Democracy (MODEL) and political parties.