Donated Turkish Buses ‘Not for Rent’

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Monrovia City Mayor Clara Doe Mvogo said the 20 buses recently donated by the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality, Republic of Turkey, to the Monrovia City Corporation (MCC) will not be rented out or be
used at any funeral ceremonies or chartered by anyone for any reason.

The buses, she said, were donated to Liberia to help ease the transportation constrains in Monrovia and Paynesville respectively; therefore, none them will be used on rental basis, adding, “The buses are to transport commuters only in Monrovia and not outside of the capital.

According to Mayor Mvogo, the measure is in line with the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed between the management of the National Transit Authority (NTA), which is the custodian of the buses, and the MCC.

Mayor Mvogo made the statement yesterday at the compound of the NTA when the MCC officially turned over two of the buses to officers of the Liberia National police (LNP) to address the logistical constraints.

Additionally, she said two of the buses were previously turned over to Paynesville City Council (PCC) and two others to the Ministry of Health (MOH) respectively.

Deputy Police Director for Administration, William K. Mulbah, who received the keys to the buses from Mayor Mvogo, expressed gratitude to the MCC for the donation.

Mr. Mulbah however appealed to NTA to help the LNP maintain and or service the buses as the need arises.

Also, NTA Managing Director, Tarnue N. Jeke, disclosed that uniformed officers of the Liberia’s security apparatuses including the LNP, Immigration, etc. will be allowed to ride any of the buses free, while uniformed students will pay at least L$5 for any destination.

Meanwhile, Mr. Jeke indicated that the NTA is responsible to service the buses any time they develop mechanical faults. He said the decision is also part of the MOU the NTA signed with other government institutions that the buses were donated through.

The turning over ceremony was held in the compound of the National Transit Authority (NTA). It brought together several officials of the NTA headed by the managing director, Tarnue N. Jeke; LNP Deputy Director for Administration, William K. Mulbah; and Monrovia Mayor Mvogo, among others.

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