The Deputy Minister of Transport and Aviation Captain Momoudu Alieu has in a brief interview disclosed to Awoko that his Ministry plays a significant role in generating national revenue for the country.
He said most of the goods that come in the country pass through the sea and airports where substantial revenue is raised for government.
He recalled that, when the APC government came to power they promised a turnaround in the transport and aviation Ministry and today they have contributed 80% to the national economy by way of generating revenue from goods transported to Sierra Leone by land, air and sea transportation.
It has been said that for every hour a ship anchors at the Queen Elizabeth Quay it would cost nearly $ 6,000 US dollars.
The Minister noted that, with the passing of the civil aviation act into law all airlines operating in the country were now regulated to meet better standards.
In the area of promoting commerce, he maintained that, they have held consultations with the National Revenue Authority and the Ministry of Finance for the swift delivery of containers and other goods to their rightful owners adding that containers no longer delay at the Quay.
With regards to national security, the Minister maintained that they were collaborating with the Office of National Security and the Sierra Leone Police to monitor the movement of all aircrafts within the country.
“Airports all over the country – be it domestic or international will be closely watched by police” he said.
Responding to talk that they are responsible for the maintenance of the deplorable road network in the country, he stated that the Sierra Leone Roads Authority is responsible for the maintenance of roads and not his Ministry.
He added that Maritime Administration is responsible for the regulation of all sea vessels that come in and out of the country adding that ferry, helicopter and hover craft services have improved tremendously. By Solomon Rogers