Concord Times (Freetown)

Sierra Leone: Transport Minister Receives ATP Facilities

Minister of Transport and Aviation, Vandi Chidi Minah, yesterday received the keys to the Airport Transfer Project (ATP) from the project's director.

According to the project director Hindolo Sheka, the scheme was signed in May 2009 and started operations in January 2010, adding that the purpose for constructing the ATP was to help save time and secure passengers.

He expressed his delight at handing over the ATP keys to the minister, noting that they have also provided an Airport Transfer Unit (ATU) in each of the ATP areas including Lungi, Kissy Terminal and Government Wharf.

Handing over the site facility to the ATP director, the Consultant of NIMO Rodney Benjamin said they have signed a contract with ATP since March 2011 and that the project was properly managed. He said the project was 95% completed and that they were responsible to making the contractor specify the kind of building to construct.

Benjamin further explained that the motive of the project was to make Sierra Leoneans know that the government was working hard to improve the country.

Delivering his keynote address, the Minister of Transport and Aviation, Vandi Chidi Minah, said the ATP building represents a new era in the history of Sierra Leone. He observed that in the past years passengers were faced with lots of difficulties in accessing their various homes but that the provision of the ATP would reduce the contraints of people.

According to Minister Minah, the Sierra Leone Port Authority and the Sierra Leone Police are going to be charged with the responsibility of securing the ATP to ensure it is utilised for its intended purpose.

"I am calling on the people that the building is for the benefit of Sierra Leoneans and they must respect its facilities," he urged.

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