Vice President Joseph N. Boakai has described commercial motorcyclists as a group of people “that are meaningfully contributing to the country’s economy”, even though members of the public have criticized them throughout the country for what is considered their “indiscipline and violence-oriented behaviors” that have led to the destruction of properties, including police stations and vehicles, and the loss of precious lives.
“We need to encourage every sector of our society for their meaningful contribution,” he said, “because we don’t expect them to do it in a perfect way, but it is our job as leaders to guide them to do whatever they do to continue for the better.”
The Vice President’s remarks were a welcome affirmation of commercial motorcyclists, who otherwise continue to incur negative public perceptions about themselves as a result of many unlawful, reckless and tragic actions among their members, in spite of the great potential their services pose to the Liberian economy.
“It may not have started all well,” the VP noted, “but our jobs as leaders is to guide them and put dignity on what they do. I am happy that you are building this kind of hub, and I want to thank those who are bringing this vision to reality, especially the people who made this land available.
“I want to encourage these young people who are providing these services. And it is true that they behave well sometimes, but at times they get into other things. This is because we have to show and appreciate them, and work with them to make things better.”
Vice President Joseph Nyumah Boakai then called on Liberians to begin appreciating and encouraging every sector of the Liberian society, especially those that are meaningfully contributing to the upkeep and well being of society.
“In whatever we say, before transportation resumed in the country, it was the pem-pem riders that transported people from their various destinations. We have to consider them as an integral part and contributors to our economy,” the VP said.
The pem-pem hub was constructed by the Paynesville City Corporation (PCC), which promised to construct several such hubs across the city.
The Vice President lauded Paynesville City Mayor, Cyvette Gibson, and her council for “her good works that is gradually leading to Paynesville becoming an evergreen and glowing city.”
“Madam Mayor, I must admit that since you took over, we have been seeing a lot of good changes around Paynesville,” the VP added.
Paynesville City, he said, is taking a gradual good look, “and therefore, we do expect through your leadership that this community is more united, and a lot of developmental initiatives are undertaken.”
He called for the proper maintenance of the facility, adding, “It is our job as a community to ensure that things we put into place for the benefit of all of us are safeguarded and properly maintained, and sparkling as on the day of the dedication.”
A similar sentiment was also expressed by District Representative, Henry Fahnbulleh, who said that people caught destroying the property will be penalized.
The pem-pem hub consists of an assigned parking, washing station, event spot, garbage can and latrine.
Mayor Gibson said with adequate funding many developments like the pem-pem hub will appear across the city.