Transport Minister-designate, Madam Angela Cassell Bush, has said decentralization of the transport sector to three regions including Bong, Nimba and Grand Gedeh would be one of her priority areas during her tenure as Minister of Transport.
According to her Madam Bush, her administration would do the decentralization for efficiency and revenue generation purposes.
Appearing before the Senate Committee on Transport Monday, August 11, the Transport Minister-designate disclosed that as part of the country’s development strategy, she intends to fully automate the driver’s license and vehicle registration processes within the Ministry.
She noted that her aim is to work with relevant government ministries and agencies to close the gap or the leakages in these processes, reduce fraud and further enhance the revenue generation capacity of the Ministry.
Presenting her 180-Action Plan, Madam Bush asserted that the conduct of series of inter-agency reviews to assist them better understand the structural, policy, legal and technical challenges facing the sector.
“We will use and build on all existing documentations. We will initiate a scheme for effective coordination amongst agencies within the sector. Along these lines, we will work to activate the national transport policy and strategy implementation steering committee chaired by the Ministry of Transport and co-chaired both GIZ and Ministry of Public Works with the National Port Authority (NPA), National Transit Authority (NTA) Roberts International Airport (RIA) serving as members.
“As the sector Minister, we will work with relevant stakeholders to review the status of reconstruction works at the RIA, particularly our airport runaway, in light of the current crisis,” Madam Bush asserted.
Within the same period, she assured the legislature of her administration’s desire to focus more energy on soft projects such as the setting up of a one-stop shop, developing policy manuals, strengthening the internal control framework and capacity development.
She pledged her commitment to engaging regional and international partners including the Roberts Flight Information Region (RFIR) to ensure audio visual monitoring of airplanes operating in the airspace of the three member countries, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea in strict compliance with regional and international transport policies and regulations.
In response, Senator Geraldine Doe-Sheriff encouraged the nominee to be proactive and must stick to her plans of transformation at the ministry.
The Transport Minister’s confirmation report is expected to be read before plenary for possible confirmation or rejection.