Says Liberia Airport Authority Boss
MONROVIA, LIBERIA– The Government of Liberia has assured Liberians of solving the problems associated with the Roberts International Airport (RIA), in the eight months.
The disclosure was made on Monday, April 4,2022, during a news conference addressed by the Airport Authority, Ministers Nathaniel McGill, Samuel Tweah, Frank Musa Dean and Ledgerhood Rennie, at the Executive Mansion.
RIA Board Chairman, Musa Shannon said the electricity problem at the RIA has always been of concern to the Board.
Mr. Shannon said:” The Technical Team, with support from the National Government, is working to resolve the issue that has given the Airport bad press in recent weeks.”
For her part, RIA Deputy Director General for Technical Services, Paula Fares, said despite the enduring electricity problem, the runway remains save for flights to land.
Meanwhile, Finance Minister Samuel Tweah said it would cost Government over twenty-million United States Dollars to holistically solve the problems at the Roberts International Airport, but was quick to state that the current problems at the airport were inherited and that efforts are being made to address the situation.
He said the Executive will inform the Legislature about the money needed to carry on a holistic renovation of the Airport.
The Finance Minister said it was unacceptable for the RIA to be run on generator for fifteen years, thus reassuring that Government is working to address such situation.
The Minister of State for Presidential Affairs, Nathaniel McGill, then categorized the problems at the RIA into four technical areas, namely electricity at the runway the terminal, adequate fire trucks and navigation system.
According to the Government, it has concluded an overall assessment of the RIA, through a select committee recently set up by President George Weah.