Monrovia’s transport menace needs an urgent and practical over-haul for the services to commuters to become responsive and remain sustainable in the country.
The warning was recently registered by an urban commuter, Wellington G. Philibert, in an exclusive interview with the Daily Observer in Monrovia.
Philibert also suggested to the Liberian Government and stakeholders in the transport sector that constant interactions amongst Liberians and the greater business community are critical to economic prosperity, peace, and stability.
Mr. Philibert regretted that Liberians, business people and foreign residents are enduring so much hardship at the hands of unscrupulous commercial drivers and other public service transport providers in Monrovia and other parts of the country.
He pointed out that on a daily basis Liberians, ordinary commuters especially, are seen at various street corners in ubiquitous (seen everywhere) scrambles for commercial vehicles to take them to their homes in Monrovia and its environs.
Mr. Philibert also claimed that over the years the Ministry of Transport (MOT) has not been able to formulate strategies that would be responsive to the desperate needs of Liberians in urban and rural parts of the nation.
Asked what could be the alternative, Mr. Philibert said that the MOT and other key stakeholders in the transport sector must craft policies that would attract the attention of development support partners in the country.
He added that the MOT, as a matter of policy, must procure inexpensive vehicles in order to meet the growing demands of commuters and the greater business community in Monrovia and other rural cities.
Shedding light on recent moves by the MOT to secure more commercial vehicles for the commuting public, Mr. Philibert noted that those actions must be translated into practical instruments.
Philibert expressed the hope that those policy statements do not turn out mere rhetoric and sugar-coated utterances intended to please the suffering, commuting Liberian public.
“When citizens and business people commute freely, a lot of things are achieved along the socio-economic and political fronts in the country,” Mr. Philibert asserted.
“I want the Liberian Government, policy makers and key transport stakeholders to prioritize the provision of sustained transport services for Liberians, business people and foreign residents in 2014 and beyond,” Mr. Philibert emphasized.
“If the transport menace continues to haunt Liberians and business people in their own country, the dream of a new Liberia would remain an illusion,” he declared.
Mr. Philibert also underscored the need for the top leadership of the nation to get involved in finding an amicable resolution to the transportation crisis that permeates the nation in every shape and form.
In closing, Mr. Philibert sounded a clarion call on the leaders of the nation to consider the interest and love of their countrymen and women as well as human rights issues, as paramount.