Samuel G. Deapeah, President of the Liberia Motorcycle Transport Union (LMTU) has revealed that the formulation of one national federation for all cyclists will help to properly coordinate and regulate the day-to-day affairs of cyclists across the country.
He said there are ten (10) unions that run the day to day activities of the cyclists, but there has not been any fruitful coordination for them; therefore, they are contemplating on forming one national federation that will guide and regulate cyclists so that funds generated can be used to conduct training and other programs for them.
“One of our challenges is the multiplicity of unions that has made us handicapped to do anything. We have not been able to carry out regulations that will bring about the real change that we want to see among the cyclist,”
Appearing on the Truth Breakfast Show (TBS), Truth FM 96:1 along with Trokon G. Gray, Secretary-general of LMTU, and Harris M. Kollie. Samuel said there are too many institutions that are heading the bike riders as a result they have been not able to feel the impact of the union.
“We at LMTU are working with other unions to have a single national institution that will be the face for all cyclists,” Deapeah said.
According to him, the ‘Freedom Article of Association’ of the union constitution grants anybody the right to establish a union. “Even if you are accountable to people, as long as they don’t want to work with you, you cannot stop them”.
Trokon G. Gray, a motorcyclist, said unions are not created just for the sole purpose of selling tickets and stickers to cyclist but to also seek the welfare of cyclists. However, Gray said if you have too many institutions doing the same job, it will be difficult to produced results. “When it comes to selling tickets, every union sends its taskforce to the various parking stations without proper accountability,” he noted.
He said union heads are only concerned about the funds they collect from cyclists but fail to provide basic services including training for bike riders.
Gray further explained that as a result of the multiple unions, cyclists have resolved not to work any longer with any union but one federation. “The cyclists are saying when it comes to basic services and benefit they are not getting anything because of the too many unions.”
According to him the ten unions do not have a specific zone to work in. “These unions have their representatives in all 15 counties doing the same job. So, if I buy a ticket from this union, the money goes into that person’s pocket without records. So, we have reached a conclusion to have a national federation”.