FrontPageAfrica (Monrovia)

8 July 2014

Liberia Civil Aviation Authority Dispels Money Smuggling Rumors

Aviation Authorities in Liberia have strongly denied rumors that one of its personnel attempted to smuggle an unspecified amount of money out of the country via Delta Airlines at the Roberts International Airport.

A release issued by the Public Affairs Section of the CAA indicated that as far as the Authority was concerned its personnel was only allowed to face a normal security protocol as required by the Airport Security Program and Delta's Secondary Check-in Security requirements.

The release continued; the CAA personnel was making an approved travel to make urgent threefold purchase Orders for the procurement of Assorted American-manufactured vehicles spare parts and car batteries; specialized Aviation and ICAO Manuals, Documents, Periodicals and Guidance Materials for Library; assorted office supplies; IPS LED high definition monitor; HP PC AMD Quad-Care A8 Accelerated Processor; large Fire Extinguishers, etc.

Accordingly to the CAA release, each Purchase Order does not exceed the PPCC's threshold of more than US10, 000.00 and the Authority was cognizant of acting in compliance thereof. The release also pointed out that based on compelling time constraints, coupled with the fact that several different vendors are concerned, the Liberia CAA could not effectuate a money transfer

The release furthered; owing to poor quality goods particular office supplies available on the local market, coupled with durability challenge, the Authority reckoned creative methods of acquiring equipment and supplies for use by the office.

The release noted that realizing the new office complex met ICAO key requirement of every Civil Aviation Authority to have a library facility; Liberia is therefore under obligation to ensure the relevant aviation-related cum ICAO Manuals, Documents, Periodicals and Guidance Materials. The release referred to the library resource materials as "must acquire items".

In light of the completion of the new office complex, the release added; it was a foregone conclusion that LCAA new state of the art office complex would match the best quality in terms of furniture and equipment. Meanwhile, the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA), has so far cleared the Liberia CAA personnel of any wrongdoing.

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