Member countries in the Roberts Flight Information Region (RFIR), a private company categorized under Airports, Flying Fields, and Service, are currently convening in Liberia to discuss ways forward in maintaining flight information regionally and keeping the organization afloat after being plagued with problems for over a year.
Speaking at the opening of a technical meeting at the region’s office located in Monrovia, Liberia yesterday, the Director of Civil Aviation and Acting Manager of the Roberts International Airport, Richelieu Archie Williams admitted that the organization had been undergoing problems for the past year and a half which could have led to its closure.
He praised the intervention of Presidents Alfa Conde of Guinea and Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia to have led the organization to open a new page calling on them to move forward in maintaining flight information in Liberia which is the permanent seat of the organization.
Apparently the problem derived from leadership but without delving into the problems, Mr. Williams told reporters that the positions of Secretary General and the Technical Deputy Secretary General are rotational every three years but when it was time for such, rotating problems erupted.
The weeklong meeting is in two phases; the technical and the ministerial. Meanwhile, the mantle of supervision is expected to be turned over to Sierra Leone following a resolution on Friday by that gathering. The technical component ends today while ministers from other countries are expected in the country today. The flight information regions comprise of Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia.