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Roberts-FIR Transport Ministers sign Resolution

By Jos Garneo Cephas
(L-R)Liberias Transport Minister, Tornorlah Varpilah,  Sierra Leonean Roberts-FIR Chairman,  Balogun  and Guineas Transport Minister, Alhaji Tidane-ToureKoroma.
(L-R)Liberias Transport Minister, Tornorlah Varpilah, Sierra Leonean Roberts-FIR Chairman, Balogun and Guineas Transport Minister, Alhaji Tidane-ToureKoroma.

(mylbsonline.com/Liberia/Oct. 28/ 2013) Member countries of the Roberts Flight Information Region (Roberts-FIR) have signed a resolution to rebuild, re-equip and make aviation a relevant sector in the Region.

Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone make up the membership of the Roberts-FIR.

Transport Ministers of the three neighboring countries signed the resolution on behalf of their respective governments.

The signing ceremony was held Friday, October 26, 2013 at the end of the 2012 Ministerial Council meeting of Transport Ministers of the three neighboring countries.

The 2012 Ministerial Council meeting of Transport Ministers was held at the Roberts International Airport (RIA) in Harbel, Margibi County.

Speaking at the signing ceremony, the current Chairman of the Roberts Flight Information Region (Roberts-FIR), Balogun Koroma, underscored the need for closer cooperation in the provision of inter-aviation services in the Region.

The Sierra Leonean Transport Minister said: “The resolution will serve as crucial tool for driving the advancement of the Roberts-FIR to the sub-region’s benefit.”

In the Friday communiqué, the Council of Ministers agreed to take concrete measures to ease the problem of lack of direct flight and uneasy air travel being experienced, particularity, between Guinea and Liberia.

Also speaking at the occasion, Liberia’s Transport Minister, Tornorlah Varpilah, said: “The 2012 meeting should serve as a wake-up call for member countries to remain committed in rescuing   the Nobel dream of the three founding fathers (Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leonean) of Roberts-FIR.

Guinea’s Transport Minister, Alhaji Tidane-Toure, also cautioned the three national governments not to relegate the pan African idea intended to making the three countries financially relevant in the sub-region.

 


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