LIBERIA Chairs RFIR Ministerial Council

Transport Minister, Honorable Samuel A. Wlue has assumed the Chairmanship of the Ministerial Council of the Roberts Flight Information Region (RFIR).
Transport Minister, Honorable Samuel A. Wlue has assumed the Chairmanship of the Ministerial Council of the Roberts Flight Information Region (RFIR).
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Liberia'sTransport Minister, Honorable Samuel A. Wlue has assumed the Chairmanship of the Ministerial Council of the Roberts Flight Information Region (RFIR).

Minister Wlue officially took over the Chairmanship from his Guinean Counterpart, Honorable Aboubacar Sylla, on Saturday, September 15, 2018, in the Conference Room of the Farmington Hotel at the Roberts International Airport, during the closing session of the 2018 Ministerial Council Meeting of the RFIR. Speaking following his assumption of the Chairmanship, Minister Wlue said he was overwhelmed with joy for another great honor given Liberia. He said the honor was not for him personally but for the Republic of Liberia for which we should all be very proud. He stressed that he will close ranks with his Guinean and Sierra Leonean Counterparts as well as the Secretariat of the organization to lift the RFIR to another level of growth. He called on staffers of the RFIR to redouble their efforts in the discharge of their duties for the continual growth of the organization.

Turning over the gavel of authority to Minister Wlue, the Guinean Minister of Transport and Aviation and Outgoing Chairman of the Ministerial Council, Honorable Aboubacar Sylla congratulated the Incoming Chairman and expressed implicit confidence in his ability to deliver. He then pledged his fullest cooperation. For his part, the Sierra Leonean Minister of Transport and Aviation, Honorable Sadiq Sillah congratulated Minister Wlue for his ascendency to the Chairmanship and also pledged his fullest support.

The Ministerial Council of the Roberts Flight Information Region which comprises of the Ministers of Transport and Aviation of Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia is the highest decision making body of the organization. It decides on matters of finance and general operations submitted to it by Technical Committee which is composed of Directors General of Civil Aviation of the three member States and Secretariat headed by the Secretary General.

The Roberts Flight Information Region was established on January 17, 1975, by the Heads of State of Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia to regulate the unified upper airspace of the three countries.

The position of Chairman is rotational amongst member states. The position of Deputy Secretary General for Technical Affairs is rotational between Guinea and Sierra Leone while Liberia occupies the permanent position of Deputy Secretary General for Administrative Affairs.

The occasion was attended by the Secretary General and his two Deputies for Administration and Technical Affairs, all members of the Technical Committee and staff from member countries, members of the Senior Management Team of the Ministry of Transport, the Press and hundreds of well-wishers.