President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has described the Director General of the Liberia Civil Aviation Authority as a symbol of remarkable institution within the aviation industry and one whose acumen in the industry speaks volume.
According to an Executive Mansion release, President Sirleaf made the remarks during the official dedication of a modern office complex of the Liberia Civil Aviation Authority (LCAA) in Harbel, Margibi County.
The Liberian leader commended the Board of Directors the management and entire staff of LCAA for their commitment to the realization of such a state of the art facility. She praised the resilience and dedication of Mr. Richelieu A. Williams and described him as someone who gets things done. Recounting her fond memories about finding out from Mr. Williams what kind of structure was being built, she told her audience – this is a man who said he wanted to do something differently.
Meanwhile, in recognition of the Director General’s long and distinguished public service, President Sirleaf named the modern complex in honor of Richelieu A. Williams, which she noted will remain long after he shall left the scene. She said Mr. Williams worked so hard, so long and diligently in his service to Liberia.
Earlier, the Director General Williams recalled the long journey that characterized the various stages of LCAA transition from a single room to a now modern office complex. He lauded President Sirleaf for demonstrating the political will, for which he expressed gratitude. Among notable progress – his administration addressed 103 out of the 106 deficiencies identified in ICAO Audit, human capital development, removal of Liberia from UN/EU blacklist, signing of Bilateral Air Services Agreement with several countries, the return of the Flight Information Region to Liberia, passage of the Act creating the Liberia Airport Authority, published a 900-page publication of ICAO regulations as well as deregistered aircraft involved in gun-running and arms-smuggling.
Mr. Williams however announced that Royal Air Maroc has announced the commencement of three scheduled flights between Casablanca – Accra – Monrovia – Freetown effective March 15, 2016 amid an appreciable fare of U$395.00 from Accra to Monrovia. He the completion means a positive relief for Liberians.
In separate remarks, the Chairperson of LCAA board and Transport Ministers Cllr. Rose-Marie Banks James and Hon. Angela Cassell Bush acknowledged the progress made at LCAA and commended President Sirleaf for her unflinching support to the Authority, noting that the dedication was a testimony of that unqualified support. They also extended thanks to the management and staff of LCAA for commitment in realizing such noble dream.
Speaking on behalf of Banjul Accord Group (BAG) Member States, the Director General of Sierra Leone Civil Aviation Authority (SLCAA0, Mr. Abu Kamara praised Liberia CAA’s significant achievement – indicating that Liberia has always been a pace-setter on the continent. He said BAG was delighted to be part of a historic event taking place in one of its Member States.
A number of regional aviation stakeholders were in Liberia to grace the occasion including the Director General of the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority, Mr. Simon Allotey, Capt. Victor Spaine of the Sierra Leone CAA, as well as representatives from the African Civil Aviation Commission (AFCAC).