Minister Angela Cassell Bush, Flanked by Officials of Government and the Country Director of UNDP during the program.
Minister Angela Cassell Bush, Flanked by Officials of Government and the Country Director of UNDP during the program.
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Transport Minister, Angela Cassell Bush, has said that capacity building for staffers of the Ministry of Transport remains one of the priorities in her administration. She said it is with trained and competent staff that the success of any institution is assured.

The Minister was speaking on Thursday, September 01, 2016 during the program marking the official departure of 27 students from MOT,MOA,LAA, and MLME who are traveling to Nigeria under phase one of the Meteorology training on weather forecasting that is currently being coordinated by the Early Warning System Project housed in the Ministry of Transport. This Project was made possible through funding from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and Least Development Country Fund with support also from our development Partners including the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).

She further mentioned that the Twenty Seven (27) trainees selected from various institutions, (MOT, MOA, LAA, and MLME) were thoroughly vetted and met the requirements for the training. She estimated the overall cost of the training continuous at a little over US $ 200,000 and thanked GEF and UNDP for their continuous support. These trainees will sign a legal contract with the Government of Liberia prior to departure so that following the training they will come back home to contribute their services to the Government, she added.

UNDP Country Director Kamil Kamaludeen thanked the trainees for their preferment and advised them to take seriously the opportunity provided them and that they should consider themselves as Ambassadors of Liberia.

Also speaking was CSA Director- General Puchu Bernard who expressed happiness about the capacity program being pursued by the MOT in collaboration with her international partners. Mr. Wil Bako Freeman, Managing Director of the Liberia Airport Authority, Acting Lands and Mines Minister, Sam Russ and Benjamin Karmo, proxy for EPA Executive Director respectively expressed appreciation for the occasion which they said is a major step forward in the Early warning program of Liberia and urged the trainees to make maximum use of the opportunity now afforded them and return with pride to Liberia.