President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has stated that the National Transit Authority (NTA), continues to provide reliable and safe road transport services on all existing roads in Montserrado country.
Delivering her annual state of the Nation message on Monday, January 27, to the Liberia people, President Sirleaf said, the reliable and safe road transport services on all existing roads in Montserrado country are with the expansion to Bo Waterside, Buchannan, Gbarnga, Harbel, Zwedru, Schieffelin and Kakata.
According to the Liberian leader, special transport service with Government subsidy is provided to students who commute from Monrovia and environs to the University of Liberia Fendell Campus.
“The NTA completed a total of 644,389 passenger trips between March and December 2013 in favor of UL students,” she added.
She also stated that further expansion of NTA service is hampered by limited fleet.
Stating that “The conclusion of local purchase of nine buses will relieve transport difficulties on Tubman Boulevard, and successful conclusion of ongoing negotiation with the Government of India for 15 additional buses will expand national service to commuters, including those in Gbarnga, Kakata and Bo Waterside who will benefit from the construction of modern bus stations.”
Meanwhile, President Sirleaf further that an informal perception survey undertaken by the Ministry of Transport indicated that although power is considered a number one priority due to the implication for business and investment in industry, but the Liberian people consider good roads as a major condition for improvement in their welfare.
Adding that the ongoing work for improvement in road condition throughout the country is a response to this call, which will also reduce the high level of road traffic deaths and injuries, and as means of reducing the cost of transportation to facilitate better flow of goods and services.
“The same results are expected from the installation of weighbridges, the first currently under construction on the Diahn-Blah Gbehzhohn Highway. Additionally, a requirement for Third Party Motor Vehicle Liability Insurance will be enforced beginning next month by 18 insurance companies recently certified by the Central Bank of Liberia. This action will be enhanced by the established One Day One Stop Shop Platform for vehicle registration and driver license issuance.”
President also mentioned that useful transport services are provided throughout the country by motorcyclists operating over 70,000 motorcycles.
“A few months ago, as a means of reducing the alarming traffic congestion and level of deaths and injuries, it became necessary to restrict motorcycling traffic on the primary artery, Tubman Boulevard. The Ministry of Transport continues to work with the Motorcyclist Union to identify means to assist them,” she assured.