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Roberts-FIR member countries want improved aviation

By Jos Garneo Cephas
 (L-R) The Sierra Leonean Transport Minister, Balogun Korama,  Liberias Transport Minister, Tornrlah Varpilah and Guinean Transport Minister Elihadji Tidane.
(L-R) The Sierra Leonean Transport Minister, Balogun Korama, Liberias Transport Minister, Tornrlah Varpilah and Guinean Transport Minister Elihadji Tidane.

(mylbsonline.com/Liberia/Oct.24/2013) A Ministerial Council Meeting of transport ministers of the Roberts Flight Information Region (Roberts-FIR) is calling for advancement in the organization’s aviation service.

According to Liberia’s Transport Minister, Tornorlah Varplah, the country is prepared to contribute towards the acquisition and operations of aircrafts owned by Roberts-FIR.

Minister Varplah said: “We are ready to engage initiatives to bring about improvement in the management, control safety, security and usage of the three countries’ airspaces.”

“Let’s help keep alive  our founding fathers’ 38-year-old dream, in every aspect, to providing services that are beneficial to Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone in the spirit of pan Africanism,” he challenged his colleagues,
The Ministerial Council Meeting follows a technical meeting of Aviation Directors from the three countries.

The meeting runs from Monday to Friday, October 21 to 25, 2013 and is being held in Monrovia, Montserrado County and Harbel, Margibi County.

The Transport Ministers of Sierra Leone and Guinea, Balogun Koroma, and Elhadji Tidane-Toure, respectively, praised Liberia’s role in helping to improve the Aviation System among member countries of the organization.

In separate remarks, Ministers Koroma and Tidane-Toure called for a holistic transformation of Roberts-FIR to ensure improved service.

Also speaking at the meeting, Roberts-FIR Secretary-General, Mamady Kaba, said: “Until the organization’s objectives are met, the need for its secretariat to keep track of the positive roles being played by the Presidents of Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone remains paramount.”

“There is a need for the three Mano River countries to renew their commitment, professionalism, and respect for each other, if they must achieve their common goals.”

Earlier, The Director-General of the Liberia Civil Aviation Authority (LCAA), Richelieu Williams, expressed happiness that the year-long problem that had pinned down the performance of the Roberts-FIR has now been resolved.

He said: “The initial problem had been Sierra Leone’s ‘refusal’ to relinquish a rotational position to Guinea.”

Mr. Williams attributed the peaceful resolution of the impasse to the political efforts of Presidents Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf of Liberia and Alpha Conde of Guinea.

 


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