Transport Minister, Tornoliah Varpilah
Transport Ministry Admits Lack Of Experts
By Hilary Vasco Wiagbe
MONROVIA, April 7 (LINA) - Authorities of the Ministry of Transport have admitted that the ministry currently lacks experts in the areas of maritime, aviation and rail transport.
The Transport Ministry authorities said in their new plan of action, they are setting up a section for Research, Planning and Policy, which will comprise experts in aviation, maritime and rail transport.
Transport Minister S. Tornorlah Varpilah and his two Deputies for Administration, Insurance and Road Transport made the disclosure Monday when they appeared on the ELBC’s ‘Super Morning Show’.
They said the ministry is in the process of recruiting people either from within or outside the ministry to be sent to study in the areas of aviation, maritime and rail transport for subsequent employment by the ministry upon completion of their studies.
According to them, the ministry has already begun receiving applications and that vetting of the applicants will be carried out shortly.
The Transport Ministry authorities also disclosed that they are discussing with the Civil Service Agency (CSA) to help with the training of some personnel in the areas of research, planning and aviation.
They said the ministry has also spoken to some international partners, including ECOWAS, for assistance, especially in rail transport.
Meanwhile, the Transport Ministry authorities have said that that a huge amount of money is required to bring the aviation sector of the country to standard, adding that the aviation sector is in crisis in terms of resources.
Although the authorities did not state the exact amount of money needed for the aviation sector, they pointed out that the over US$9 million the Government infused into the sector in the last fiscal budget was insufficient.