MOT, MOCI Mute over Transport Fares

first_imgFor the fifth time in Monrovia and its environs, commuters, businesspeople and ordinary Liberians continue to endure hardship under mute attitudes of Ministries of Transport and Commerce & Industry.Transportation fares for all destinations in Monrovia and its environs remain perpetually unregulated despite announcement by Ministry of Transport that fares were being dropped due to reduction in prices of gasoline and fuel.The so-called reduction, as far as the prevailing situation is concerned, has not been enforced by the regulatory agencies of the government.Despite the repeated and persistent outcries of the commuters, businesspeople and ordinary Liberians in the hands of unscrupulous commercial drivers, the Transport, Commerce and Industries Ministries remain resolutely mute over the situation.Sadly, commercial drivers have for the past six weeks deliberately refused to accept the reduced transport fares for Monrovia and its immediate environs announced by the Transport, Commerce and Industry Ministries.Reductions in the pump price of petroleum products, however, was effected by the Liberia Petroleum Refining Company (LPRC) owing to sharp declines in the global sale of petroleum products.Interestingly, repeated and consistent stern warnings from the Ministries of Commerce & Industry and Transport with regards to hikes in transport fares have fallen on deaf ears and commercial drivers continue to exhibit defiance.In addition, as a result of the defiant attitudes of the commercial drivers and other public service transport providers, commuters, businesspeople and ordinary Liberians are seen stranded at several street corners and other bus stations in desperations and anger.Despite the massive waves of public outcries, shock, indignation and unwavering sentiments against the acute shortage of public transport for about 12 years now, the government continues to downplay Liberians’ grievances. “We will continue to defy and ignore all the warnings from the Ministries of Transport, Commerce and Industry, because we were not consulted prior to the transport fare reductions in Monrovia,” Drivers at Bob Taylor’s Junction shouted out loudly.Many of the disenchanted and defiant commercial drivers in their 30s and 40s called on the government to reconsider some of the penalties associated with the transport fares’ violations in Monrovia and its environs.In separate interviews with some affected commuters in the three commercially driven communities, they underscored urgent need for swift intervention of the two ministries.Commuter Harris B. Konuwah, 48, said the ministries concerned should swiftly mustered the courage and fortitude to enforce transport fares’ regulations without fear and favor in Monrovia and its environs.“I mean, the big men business must be stopped and commercial drivers violating the transport fare regulations should be dealt with harshly without favor,” Mr. Konuwah stressed.Madam Elizabeth B. Marshall, 45, said she was really disappointed with those two ministries for lack of commitment to enforce transport fare regulations in Monrovia.“I wish to advise the Ministers of Commerce, Transport and Industry to herewith stop issuing empty regulations that lack the practical instruments to enforce same to all categories of Liberians,” Madam Marshall cautioned.She stressed the need for the two ministries to graduate from sugar-coated utterances that have no iota and element of practical realities considering the defiant attitudes of the commercial drivers.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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DONEGAL COUNTY COUNCIL BECOMES LATEST COUNCIL TO OPPOSE WATER CHARGES

first_imgDonegal County Council has become the latest council to oppose residential water charges.The council today unanimusly agreed to oppose the charges at its monthly meeting at council chambers in Lifford.It followed a motion by Sinn Fein Cllr Jack Murray who welcomed the support. “Donegal County Council has unanimously endorsed my motion which opposed the Government’s proposed introduction of watercharges and stated that people should not have to pay for a public service which is a recognised as a basic human right.“People cannot afford another charge on top of the money they are already forking out. They are already caught with the Universal Social Charge, Levies, PRSI, increased fuel bills, mortgage increases, plus the proposed utility charge. This is all on top of huge pay cuts and hours being cut back in their precarious jobs.“Everybody recognises that water is a valuable resource, and it is clearly expensive to treat. However, this must be paid for through the central domestic taxation system as it is the fairest way and will not add a new tax to those who can least afford it,” he said. He also urged his fellow Fine Gael and Labour councillors on Donegal County Council to bring the message back to the Government that the needs of the Irish Government and not private interests need to be addressed.EndsDONEGAL COUNTY COUNCIL BECOMES LATEST COUNCIL TO OPPOSE WATER CHARGES was last modified: June 27th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Cllr Jack Murraywater chargeslast_img read more

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