Speaking Thursday, July 25, 2019 at the dedication of a new terminal, the refurbished runway and office complex at the RIA in Unification City, Margibi County, the RIA boss said the facilities will contribute immensely to the economy of the country.
“As we strive to perform our statutory mandate and make our contribution to the achievement of the Pro-Poor agenda, to which you give birth to, let me not forget about the administration before us, least forgetting the Ministry of Public Works for this important milestone,” said the RIA boss.
According to him, the newly dedicated terminal has, among other features, two jets bridges, two escalators, two elevators, a remote gate, a flight information display system, eight stores, restaurant, four boarding gates, and a spacious immigration facility.
“The terminal is expected to process a passenger projection of 350,000 to 500,000 passengers per annum,” Klayee disclosed.
Bishop Klayee stated that the runway has the latest technological equipment in place including a modern instrument landing system that is referred to as the ILS and an analytical ground lighting system called the AGL, which have made it much
He revealed that the office complex has several offices, conference and board rooms, canteens and for commercials.
The RIA Managing Director promised that maintenance of the facilities will be assured, as they are being dedicated.
“Mr. President, we will spear no efforts in maintaining every aspect of the structure. To match words with actions, we have begun series of in-house training programs with help from our partners for a total Liberian ownership in the coming years,” Klayee indicated.
“The training programs are geared toward expanding the capacity of our staff in technical services, operations and administration to provide maintenance and repair services on one hand, and to provide new customers service culture,” he added.
In a special statement, President George Manneh Weah lauded the Government and people of the People’s Republic of China for the projects.
President Weah also lauded his predecessor, Madam Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, who negotiated the projects and whose regime the projects began.
According to the Liberian leader, Liberia’s bilateral friendship with China is based on a “One-China” policy, which is hooked on a win-win situation for both countries.
“It is often said that a friend in need is a friend in deed. Let me seize this opportunity on behalf of our government and the people of Liberia, to extend our warmest thanks and appreciation to our friend; the People’s Republic of China, for the dream come true,” lauded President Weah.
“Our bilateral friendship, which is based on a One-China policy, remains strong and it is a win-win situation for both countries. A special thank also goes to my predecessor, Her Excellency, Madam Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf; under whose leadership [these projects] started,” he stated.
And as the three landmark projects remain key to the promotion of growth and prosperity of the country, the Liberian chief executive did not mince his words to call on the authorities of the RIA to maintain the facilities.
He said he will continue to watch and inspect the facilities to ensure that they remain in tight.
“I will be watching and I will be inspecting these facilities to ensure that they remain in good conditions,” said the President.
He then disclosed that plans are underway for the expansion of Terminal B at the RIA.