Ganta, the commercial hub of Nimba County, is one of the busiest points in the interior. It is the gateway to the Southeast—Grand Gedeh, River Gee, Grand Kru, Maryland and Sinoe counties. That alone makes the availability of transportation in Ganta critical.
But that is not all. Ganta is also the gateway to Guinea and La Cote d’Ivoire, the two neighboring Mano River Union countries with which Liberia does robust cross-border trade. So for businesspeople, especially our market women, doing business with the three countries, particularly at this, the busiest time of the year, the Christmas Season, to be having difficulty finding transport is, to say the least, heartrending and most unfortunate. The Ministry of Transport should do something about it right away!
Our Nimba Correspondent Ishmael Menkir reports that people get to the parking stations as early as five a.m. to find transport for various destinations, to no avail.
What happened to the MTA buses that travel up country? What is happening to the minibuses and taxicabs? The Ministry should reach out to the transport providers, see what their problems are and do something to help them to help our hapless people.
Mr. Minister, this is the Christmas Season. The availability of transport to take people around, most especially our interior people who already suffer a multitude of other deprivations, is nothing short of imperative.
Now is the time for the Transport Ministry, and the central government as a whole, to put on the hat of creativity to reach out, in every way possible, to help our people do what they have to do during this all important holiday Season—this Christmas Season, to which nothing else can be compared.
There are those readers who will say that this editorial comes too late. They contend that the plans for efficient and available transport— and other goodies—during the busiest Season of the year, should have been made months ago. True, but it is better late than never! We have a full week before Christmas and some means of tangible relief can be made available.
In the same vein, we pray that the Liberian government—the biggest, the most dependable, the most reliable and the most powerful customer, upon whom most peoples, most businesses rely, will make that SPECIAL EFFORT, THIS SPECIAL SEASON, to reach out to its goods and services providers—the business community—and do what the GOL has to do to make this Season pleasant, enjoyable and memorable.
Yes, the government is that ONE institution that lifts ALL BOATS. For when the GOL pays one goods or services provider, hundreds, if not thousands of people are joyfully on the receiving end.
Take the newspapers. When they get paid, it is hard to imagine how many are touched, beginning with the hundreds of news vendors and the thousands more that look up to them for survival and succor. And these, we know, are at the lower rung of society—the small people. When they laugh, thousands more joyfully and gratefully show their teeth.
Why? Because Papa na come home!