Dep. Minister Commissions SLCAA International Staff Houses & Surveillance Vehicles

The Deputy Minister of Transport and Aviation, Hon. Sadiq Silla has commissioned four Sierra Leone Civil Aviation Authority (SLCAA) International Staff houses and two Surveillance Vehicles for safety and security inspections at the Freetown International Airport (FNA).

In his brief statement, the Deputy Minister they were gathered to honour the great work of the SLCAA and to urge them to continue in the path of the New Direction. “This is a revelation of goal-oriented leadership. The rehabilitation of the four International Staff Houses and the Surveillance Vehicles demonstrate the purpose of the New Direction which depicts identifying structural problems and providing sustainable solutions. These quarters were constructed three decades ago, but due to improper management, they were dilapidated. The rehabilitation of these quarters has illuminated the environment,” the Deputy Minister said.

The Chairman of the Parliamentary Oversight Committee on Transport and Aviation, Hon. Dickson Rogers praised the Ministry of Transport and Aviation for providing visionary leadership in boosting the aviation sector. He said the commissioning of the Surveillance Vehicles, which would be used for Safety and Security Surveillance at the Freetown International Airport (FNA), was a sign of good things to come. He entreated the drivers to handle the vehicles with extra care to serve their intended purposes.

The Director-General of SLCAA, Moses Tiffa Baio said that the procurement of two brand new Surveillance Vehicles is key requirements in the fulfillment of Critical Element-5 of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) Document which talks about the provision of appropriate transportation means to the technical personnel to enable them to perform their safety oversight functions effectively and in accordance with established procedures in a standardised manner.

“In 2006 Universal Safety Oversight Audit Program (USOAP) and the 2014 ICAO Coordinated Validation Mission (ICVM), the audit findings revealed that Sierra Leone did not have Surveillance Vehicles to aid inspectors in carrying out their surveillance functions at the airport. The procurement of these vehicles thus fulfills part of the ICAO requirements, especially when the State is currently preparing for the Safety Audit,” he said.

The Procurement Manager of SLCAA, Desmond Ngebeh disclosed that the intent of rehabilitating the International Staff Houses was primarily to host the SLCAA’s International Guests who usually come on assistance missions, training/workshops, and other official purposes as the quarters are in close proximity to the SLCAA Training Hall at the Airport. He furthered that the structures were designed to meet international standards, adding that the two Vehicles were 2020 Toyota Helix pick-ups 4-ED equipped with security equipment to boost surveillance activities at the airport.