President George Weah on Tuesday, July 6, 2021 dismissed the Head of the Liberia Airport Authority, Bishop J. Allen Klayee.
An Executive Mansion release said, the prelate was dismissed for ‘Administrative Reasons.’
A credible source told Whistleblower a lot has been going on at the Roberts International Airport where the Jubilee Praise and Worship Head presided.
Recent amongst them was an Air France flight landing onto a dark tarmac, which took just God and the pilot’s ingenuity to land the flight.
Reports have it that Minister of State Nathaniel McGill who flew to the country recently had similar experience and invited the Bishop but was told the Bishop could not make it given his mother had passed and he was after burial rites.
At the same time, there have been reports of lack of salary and other amenities for employees at the airport for months leading to series of complains.
Our source said the Bishop has had serious funding hurdles given the COVID hit and limited flights or passengers using the routes; though government refused to subsidize the RIA even with these difficulties.
The Airport supports it’s own operations unlike other Ministries and Agencies that survive on national government’s direct financial support through the national budget.
To ease the electricity constraints, the LAA had concluded a bid to solar the entire RIA and ease the challenge of running generator 24/7 our source said.
Plans to negotiate with Firestone to power the Airport using its mini dam in Margibi have also been on the table.
The most controversial issue has been the outsourcing of the management of the airport to a foreign firm as in the case of the NPA that recently had similar deal with a firm from UAE.
Bishop Klayee has reportedly reneged doing so which has angered the direct beneficiaries of the deal who are expected to amass millions and subject Liberia’s sovereignty to a foreign group.
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