Speaker urges New Civil Aviation boss to reduce airfare to Europe


July 20, 2018

By Jariatu S. Bangura

Dr. Abass Bundu wants airfare cost to reduce

The Speaker of Parliament yesterday urged newly approved Executive Director of the Sierra Leone Civil Aviation Authority, Moses Tiffa Baio, to help reduce prices of tickets from Freetown to Europe.

Dr. Abass Bundu made the call during the approval session of the recent set of presidential nominees, thus reminding Mr. Baio to consider what he had told the committee during his interview.

“Freetown to Europe is very expensive. It is the most expensive price as compared to other countries. Make sure you address the issue. It is very important and needs greater attention. Make sure that you reduce the prices,” he urged.

Responding, Moses Tiffa Baio assured committee members that he would work on lowering the cost of tickets in the transport industry by ensuring that Sierra Leoneans benefit from investment and tourist opportunities.

He noted that the Parliamentary Transport Oversight would be one of the key stakeholders he would need to carry out his mandate.

“To improve investment and tourist opportunities, all stakeholders, such as airline industries, hotels and resorts must be developed. I believe one of the airline industries will reduce prices when we improve on tourism and agricultural exports,” he said.

Leader of Coalition for Change, Hon. Saa Emerson Lamina, enjoined the nominee to meet with airlines counterparts across the region and discuss reduction in prices of air tickets.

Sierra Leone People’s Party lawmaker, Hon. Bashiru Sidikie of Constituency 82 in Bo district, urged the nominee to not make any mistakes when he takes over as no excuses would be tolerated by parliament.

“We expect much from you Mr. Baio as you have been in the Authority for long. You have served as Finance Director and later Acting Executive Director, and now we are approving you to be the substantive Director. We hope you will perform well as you already know the challenges there.  Make sure that the New Direction succeeds,” he said.