…Wants more support
There is a need for the Government of Liberia (GoL) to allocate adequate budgetary support to the Liberia Civil Aviation Authority (LCAA).
Mr. Nuquay spoke recently at a one-day multi-stakeholders meeting organized by the Ministry of Transport (MoT) and other partners. The meeting aims to identify and discuss ways to address the many challenges currently faced by the transport sector of Liberia.
Nuquay described the meeting as essential to the growth and development of the air transport sector of Liberia. As such, the MoT’s invitation to the relevant institutions is a wake-up call for everyone to work together to move the sector forward.
The interactive meeting flagged out major challenges surrounding the growth and development of the transport sector of the country.
Mr. Nuquay said such a meeting indicates that the LCAA and the air transport sector is hampered by many factors, namely: poor records of safety and security system, the lack of adequate resources and infrastructure, distance and limited connection, strong relative mechanism, and the government’s support to the sector, which has been a serious challenge.
He told a cross-section of participants that based on the above-mentioned obstacles faced by the LCAA, it was at its advantage to discuss these problems in order to amicably address them.
The Liberia Civil Aviation Authority (LCAA), in keeping with the aviation act of 2006, is charged with the regulatory oversight of the entire aviation sector of Liberia. “By this,” he said, “the LCAA is to ensure the stringent implementation of high cable standards and recommended practices in terms of executions of critical elements of safety oversight system and aviation security oversight system, which is very cardinal to its operations.
“We anticipate that this air transport meeting takes into consideration our contributions to this discourse, along with others that will be made to draw up a plan of action that can be used to achieve the objective of developing the air-transport of Liberia,” he concluded.
Minister of Transport Samuel A. Wlue explained to participants that many people have complained of serious difficulties they experience with the Liberia transport sector which, he said, is not a good thing in the modern era. He said more needs to be done in the transport sector, to meet international standards as a country. According to him, the only way to identify the numerous problems that exist in the sector is to consistently engage the relevant agencies and discuss those problems, which will lead to resolving these solutions. He thanked participants for their inputs during the event. He encourages everyone to work together so that at the end of the discussion everyone will be able to draft some necessary documents that will ensure best practices.
The meeting, held at a local resort in Monrovia, brought together officials from the the Ministry of Transport (MoT), the Liberia Civil Aviation Authority (LCAA), the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA), International partners, representatives from various airlines and travel agencies in Liberia, the Liberia National Police (LNP) and the Liberia National Fire Service (LNFS).