Fifty Liberians from various government ministries and agencies are expected to travel to Lagos, Nigeria to study at the Nigerian Meteorological Agency, Transport Minister Angela Cassell-Bush disclosed yesterday. Most of the participants, according to her, will be on short and long term training by the NMA under the UNDP support project of the ministry.
The training, she explained, will help government in the aviation sector to ensure that they forecast the weather in the country for airlines.
Minister Cassell-Bush made the disclosure at the launching of the Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) at the James Spriggs Payne Airfield in Sinkor. MAF according to its Country Director, Captain Emil Kunding, is an international Christian organization whose mission is to fly light aircrafts, and to use other technologies to bring help and hope to people in the world’s poorest communities, including those in Liberia.
“Our aircraft has comfortable leather seats that can easily be removed to convert the cabin into a freight area and carries up to 13 passengers or up to 1100 kg of payload,” Capt. Kunding told the gathering.
He said that MAF wants to make a difference in the Liberian aviation sector, by offering flight services to the many agencies and organizations, including churches, NGOs, among others. According to him, aircraft is available for charter to most local areas and surrounding countries where a suitable airstrip is available.
In addition, he said, MAF will offer medical evacuations, airfield development and shuttle flights into the remote parts of Liberia and West Africa.
Minister Cassell-Bush acknowledged the management of the MAF for its farsightedness in bringing this aircraft, because Liberians find it very difficult to get to their various counties in the southeast.
“I think the coming of the MAF will help government and the UNMIL to ease some of the burden on the ministry,” she said excitedly.
Welcoming MAF’s initiative, the managing director of the Liberia Airport Authority, Wilama Bako Freeman thanked the management of MAF for boosting the Liberian government’s effort to providing air services to the people.