President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
Gov’t To Modernize RIA, Says Pres. Sirleaf
By Hilary Vasco Wiagbe/LINA
MONROVIA, January 28 (LINA) - President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has announced that the Government of Liberia is exerting efforts to modernize the Roberts International Airport (RIA) in Margibi County.
Pres. Sirleaf revealed that the government has already concluded arrangements for the re-construction of the airport’s runway, according to the Liberia News Agency reports.
The disclosure was contained in the President’s Annual Message delivered to the 53rdNational Legislature on Monday in its Joint Chambers at the Capital Building in Monrovia.
According to her, government has also invited proposals for a public-private partnership that would transfer the development and management of RIA to a foreign investor with similar operation in an ECOWAS country.
She said this will address the lack of the high capital required to develop the airport, particularly in light of the sharp decline in financial viability following the loss of traffic due to the Ebola crisis.
“RIA will be modernized,” the Liberian Chief Executive stressed.
RIA is the country’s only international airport which was damaged during the civil war by fighting forces as the airport was heavily contested by rival forces.