President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has described the construction and subsequent dedication of the modern, picturesque headquarters of the Liberia Civil Aviation Authority (LCAA) at the Roberts International Airport (RIA) in Margibi County as the realization of a dream for that entity and the country.
The President made the remarks when she officially dedicated the structure on Monday to rounds of applause from the scores of government officials, among them some Legislators and members of the LCAA Board led by chairperson, Rosemarie James.
President Sirleaf commended LCAA Director General Richelieu A. Williams for his long and distinguished public service, especially in the aviation sector, which she described as a “symbol of remarkable institution within the aviation industry.” She noted that Mr. Williams is someone who gets things done and who always wants to do things differently.
She also commended the Board of Directors, the management and staff of LCAA for making the dream a reality.
Director General Williams, in his remarks, recounted the progress that the LCAA has made since he took charge. He said when LC AA headquarters was relocated from the James Spriggs Field to the RIA it had only one room as office space, a situation he said was appalling.
He then lauded President Sirleaf for the political will, which he said is leading to robust transformation at the LCAA.
The dedication ceremony was also attended by delegations from aviation authorities of neighbouring countries and other regional aviation organizations. These include Ghana, represented by the Director General of the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority, Simon Allotey; Captain Victor Spaine of the Sierra Leone CAA; as well as representatives from the African Civil Aviation Commission (AFCAC) and the Banjul Accord Group.
On behalf of Banjul Accord Group (BAG) Member States, the Director General of Sierra Leone Civil Aviation Authority (SLCAA), Abu Kamara, praised Liberia CAA’s significant achievement – indicating that Liberia has always been a pacesetter on the continent. He said BAG was delighted to be part of an historic event taking place in one of its member states.
Meanwhile, President Sirleaf named the LCAA complex in honour of DG Richelieu A. Williams, in recognition of his long and distinguished public service.