Aviation Minister Balongun Logus Koroma lauds increase in the cost of air ticket and calls it ‘an accomplishment that meets contemporary public expectations in the fight against terrorism.’
Minister Leonard Balogun Koroma said this through the Airtel-Awoko news.
He said government is indebted to Securiport Sierra Leone an amount totaling USD 12 Million for providing safety security measures at the Lungi International Airport, that which has seen the company installing modern security systems that can track down any terrorist attempting to enter Sierra Leone.
“Government has been making efforts to pay Securiport money owed them, but because we are facing huge financial crisis, we have decided that passengers travelling to and from Sierra Leone will pay a certain fee for services provided them to enable government pay back money owed Securiport,” the Minister said.
He said the decision of Government is in line with IATA’s policy, which states that any fee that is taken from aviation should be for aviation guiding principle (s).
Securiport has been providing security measures to protect the airport, airplanes and of course passengers as well as indentifying terrorists and stopping them from boarding any plane.
As an established international company, Securiport is not only in Sierra Leone but in countries in Africa the likes of Senegal, Ivory Coast, Mali, Equatorial Guinea, others, etc.
The company is a major partner to world class security institutions including Interpol.
Some experts have said that the decision of government to making sure Securiport operates in a conducive atmosphere in Sierra Leone is but a clear expression of its commitment and preparedness in making Lungi International Airport, Sierra Leone’s only international airport, a safe landing zone for reputable international airlines.
Since it operation in 2012, Interpol has been commending Securiport for having fully integrated the Lungi systems with the organization’s watchlists, identified various wanted individuals attempting to enter Sierra Leone.
Securiport has been using advanced biometric system to process and identify travelers to and from Sierra Leone in a bid preventing terror occurrences at the Lungi International Airport.
As a reputable company, it was awarded the Lungi Airport contract through a public tender in a competitive bidding with two other firms correspondingly.
Since its operations in Sierra Leone, there have been overcoming airport security innovations fairly equaled to systems used in developed countries the likes of America, Europe and of number of African countries too.
Findings are that the company has focused on sustaining and managing jobs for some 34 young women and men, as they righteously give their best in the enhancement of a round the clock week days safety measures for travelers arriving and departing to and from Lungi Airport, and by extension providing safer environment for passengers entering and living in Sierra Leone.
Securiport has trained immigration and Interpol agents at Lungi International Airport, making them now able to use the latest of technologies as they daily screen passengers.
To this, has seen 28 criminals caught on sight, stopped from accomplishing their plans in 2016 alone.
And in this year, 8 found entering Sierra Leone allegedly using falsified or stolen travel documents were identified and handed over to the law enforcement agency for further investigation.
It is true there has been a reduction of aviation security fee to 40 US Dollars over the years, all-encompassing the part that goes to the Civil Aviation Authority.
But despite difficulties faced, the company has been operating and delivering impeccable services at Lungi International Airport since October of 2012, and without any form of interruption even in midst of the Ebola crisis.