The Liberian government will shortly install a weighbridge at the Bible Industrious Academy (BIA) on the Buchanan Highway as its first major undertaking in fulfillment of its Lift Liberia Program.
Making the disclosure on Monday, the Minister of Transport, S. Tornorlah Varpilah, said the bridge which was procured by the Ministry of Transport 2012-2013 budget arrived on September 26, 2013 and will eventually be turned over to the government of Liberia after a comprehensive work plan should have been carried out by the West Africa Architectural Consulting Engineering (WAACE).
A weighbridge is a scale used for weighing vehicles and other heavy equipment to determine their tonnages therefore installing it on a major highway is aimed at collecting taxes through a computerized system of the bridge from heavy equipment that causes road distress.
The idea of a weighbridge is in line with ECOWAS Protocol entitled Supplementary Act SP. 17/02/12 relating to the harmonization of standards and procedures for the control of dimensions, weight and axle load of goods vehicle within member State.
Meanwhile, the Ministers of Transport in Sierra Leone and Guinea have arrived in the country to begin a two-day ministerial council meeting aimed at reviewing a draft resolution drawn out of the technical committee meeting of the Roberts Flight Information Region Summit being hosted in the country.
Sierra Leone Transport Minister, Balogun Koroma along with his Guinean counterpart, Elhadji Tidiane Traore told reporters upon their arrival into the country via Asky Airlines at the James Spriggs Payne Airstrip yesterday that issues discussed will not only be relevant to the region but aviation as well.
Mr. Koroma said aviation is developing gradually except in Africa and the region has a long way to go because the sub region is not connected by regular flights and it is one of the major issues out for discussion as well as full coverage; adding “The establishment of air manner connecting Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia and that is a vacuum and that should not be the case”.
He attributed the problem to lack of regular flight connecting the RFIR member countries. He said the organization is bigger than the three countries and it behooves every member to see it not only as responsibility and a duty only to maintain it but to see that it grows and it conforms to international standards in terms of aviation.
Min. Koroma commended Liberia for its continuous role in paying host to the RFIR inspite of its own civil crises and crisis in other member States and also maintaining the organization through its years of existence.
The Summit brings together transport experts from the three countries to discuss issues which derived from a recent meeting of International Civil Aviation Organizations held in Canada which looked at issues relating to aviation, security, aviation safety, air navigation and air environment.
The RFIR is a sub regional body set up in the 1970s by the three governments to regulate the airspace and that this forum is held each year and is rotational. Liberia’s Transport Minister Varpilah said the meeting will move the aviation industry forward because airplanes are not frequent in the countries.
He said the future of the region will be highlighted in terms of how to control and improve aviation to be able to catalogue, monitor, and insure that airplanes that fly in the airspace are covered to ensure security, looking at the financial viability of the organization as well as the common interest of the countries.