The Ministry of Transport says advances have been made in getting marine transport (water taxi) service to the public, adding that it will also inaugurate a domestic light aircraft service soon.
It a statement released Wednesday, the ministry said the Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) service will provide air transport services to destinations across the country to include Spring Payne airfield, RIA, Greenville, Sasstown, Harper, Tchien and Voinjama amongst others.
The MAF Aircraft will also provide charter flight and medical evacuation services. The Transport boss indicated that plans are also underway to decentralize the service delivery arm of the ministry to other parts of the country.
On the reported hike in air travel cost on Kenya Airways, Bush-Cassell said following series of consultation with the Liberia Civil Aviation Authority and the management Kenya Airways regarding the hike in air ticket fares for Monrovia to Accra, Accra-Monrovia, informed journalists that adjustments in the cost of round-trip on KQ5595 and KQ5593 on flights originating from Monrovia has been instituted.
“Lower fares can now be purchased without advance days for specific flights for as low as USD$496.00 if booking and payment is made within 21-days prior to travel and USD$710.50, if payment is made in 7-days prior to travel respectively. We remain committed to service to our people as we strive to ensure affordable, efficient and reliable means on transportation,” Minister Cassell-Bush said.
In another development, the ministry says internal deficiencies that impeded the disbursement exercise of new license plates have been resolved and a total of 47,149 License plates in various categories are currently in country.
Having instituted a regimented system and control at the Ministry, Minister Cassell-Bush announced that 3,215 License plates have been issued in the last six (6) weeks and a total of 8,196 License plates have been issued in 3 months, starting from June 2015 to date.
Transport Minister Angela Cassell-Bush made the disclosure when addressed the Ministry of Information Culture and Tourism (MICAT) regular press briefing on Wednesday September 30, 2015. She said her agency was aware and took seriously concerns from the public over the availability and issuance of the license plates and has taken internal measures including the suspension of a Director and a transfer of an Assistant Director, with another agency staff undergoing investigation at the National Security Agency.
“In as much as we are concerned about the issuance of license plates, our job is to establish a well-organized record keeping system that will allow for the provision of accurate vehicle registration information to stakeholders within the sector and the general public as may be required,”
Bush-Cassell said due to the lack of an adequate and accurate database system, the agency has been faced with a high chunk of backlog. But towards this end and in compliance with the Internal Audit Agency policy, a communication was sent to the IAA Director General requesting a member of their team to act for a period of 90 days as officer-in-Charge at the Motor Vehicle division with the goal of deploying a system of controls, review of existing procedures and stream lining of processes and procedures for vehicle registration and issuance of license plate.
Citing revenue figures, Bush-Cassell said “analysis of our revenue collection comparatively for FY2014-2015 and FY2015-2016 shows that a total of US$579,642 was collected in the first quarter of FY2014-2015 while a total of US$921,554 was collected in the first quarter of FY2015-2016. This upward movement in the revenue collection explains the significant improvements towards meeting our set projected target.”