By Sami Zaptia.
Tripoli, 4 January:
The Supreme Security Committee (SSC) Head, Colonel Mohamed Sousi confirmed in a statement to LANA Wednesday that the SSC, which . . .[restrict]was established by a decision in 2011 to maintain security in Libya, included within its members doctors, nurses, engineers, farmers, teachers, students, retired people and people with high educational degrees in all disciplines.
“They were all assembled to achieve one goal and that goal was to put an end to the corrupt authoritarian former regime”, the SSC Head said.
Colonel Sousi said that some of these revolutionary citizens work in state institutions and others that are either self-employed or are not employed in state institutions. Sousi went on to say that the Ministry of Interior has prepared plans to accommodate them, although it should not be the only ministry concerned with their employment.
Sousi was speaking in defence of his SSC members who had received much criticism recently after a disorderly demonstration last week in which they blocked the road, abused GNC members, threw stones at them and attempted to storm the building.
The SSC Head urged the rest of the Ministries to participate in this plan to accommodate the revolutionaries (thuwar) who hold qualifications which entitle them to work within such ministries, in addition to the thuwar who have a desire to start their own private businesses.
Sousi further added that salaries of all SSC members who submitted their documents to the Ministry of Interior will continue to be paid and will not be stopped for any reason until training is completed and the SSC member gets transferred to the institute for which he was enlisted and which take-up the payment of salaries which will be far better by all standards,
Regarding the protest that was carried out by SSC members on Tuesday, Colonel Sousi said that the protest came after rumors were spread that the SSC will be dissolved, which proved to be false, especially after the Interior Minister had issued his instructions to grant all SSC members their financial rights including late salary payments and payment differences which were not granted to them in the past.
Sousi stressed that the committees formed to enroll SSC members into the police force will start the reviewing of admission applications and that priority will be given to SSC members in all areas throughout Libya according to their desires.
He also stated that the SSC has developed a plan, whether it is implemented through the Commission or through other state security agencies, to provide security protection for international companies wishing to return to Libya to resume work in the implementation of halted projects such as the railway project, the completion of Tripoli International Airport project and other housing projects all over Libyan cities.
This lenghty statement by the Head of the SSC comes in a week when the demonstrating SSC members had been calling for the resignation of the Minister of Interior.
This follows increased proactive effort by the Ali Zeidan government to impose its will on the security situation in Libya, including the disciplined organisation of the former revolutionaries who make up most of the SSC. [/restrict]