Sierra Leone: MRU Transport Ministers Call On President Koroma

The Liberian Minister of Transport Angela Cassell Bush and Minister of State In-Charge of Transport from the Republic of Guinea Oye Guilavogui on Thursday 19 May 2016 paid a courtesy call on President Dr Ernest Bai Koroma at State House in Freetown.

Explaining the purpose of the visit, Sierra Leone's Minister of Transport and Aviation Leonard Balogu Koroma, who led the delegation, reported that the Robert Flight Information Region was formed by the three Mano River countries of Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea for over forty years with a secretariat headed by a Secretary General to monitor air space in the sub region.

He said the term of office of the current Secretary General; a Guinean decent, Mamady Kaba, is over and was now time for Sierra Leone to fill the position which he said the delegation was in the country to discuss.

Welcoming the delegation, President Koroma said that "there is a lot of wisdom from our founding fathers in forming the Mano River Union which shows that we are bound together" , urging that member states should focus on transforming the Union, in terms of developing and strengthening sectors like agriculture, transport, tourism, road infrastructure among others.

In terms of road infrastructure, the president said Sierra Leone has made considerable progress which has expedited trade between Sierra Leone and Guinea. He disclosed that he would in the next few days be commissioning the Bandajuma-Liberia highway which will also help facilitate trade between Liberia and Sierra Leone. He also acknowledged that transport is key to development and therefore needs attention.

Oye Guilavogui thanked President Koroma for his astute leadership and also extended greetings from Prof. Alpha Conde of Guinea who, he said, referred to President Koroma as Co-President of the Republic of Guinea.

In the same vein, the Transport Minister of Liberia Madam Angela Cassell Bush also profoundly thanked President Koroma for his role in sub-regional engagements particularly in the area of transport and road network, which she said are fundamental to development.

Source: Government of Sierra Leone

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