MIN. WLUE EXPRESSES FRUSTRATION OVER UNSAFE MODE OF WATER TRANSPORT -Promises Urgent Intervention

TUESDAY, JUNE 5, 2018, MONROVIA: Liberia’s Transport Minister, Samuel A. Wlue has expressed frustration over the very unsafe mode of transport
TUESDAY, JUNE 5, 2018, MONROVIA: Liberia’s Transport Minister, Samuel A. Wlue has expressed frustration over the very unsafe mode of transport
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TUESDAY, JUNE 5, 2018, MONROVIA: Liberia’s Transport Minister, Samuel A. Wlue has expressed frustration over the very unsafe mode of transport (Canoe) presently being used to ferry people from both sides of the Mesuarrado River between Clara Town and West Point.


Speaking to executives of the Liberia National Sea and River Transport Union on Tuesday morning, June 5, 2018 during a surprise visit in Clara Town, Minister Wlue said one of the major responsibilities of any government is to ensure the safety of all its citizens. He said that he is totally disheartened to observe at firsthand the unsafe mode of water transport being used to ferry citizens and residents across in both Clara Town and West Point which poses very serious dangers to their lives. He said as Minister of Transport he sees it as an obligation that he takes the bull by the horn to find a lasting solution so as to avoid a catastrophe. He said he will lift the issue at the highest level the soonest but said two major issues need to be immediately addressed. The issue of life jackets and the building of a shelter to host passengers waiting to be ferried across the river. He promised to personally take robust steps to realize these as soon as possible. He then urged the leadership of the Union to begin negotiation with owners of spots for the possible construction of the shelter along the bank.


The audience went wild when Minister Wlue in closing the meeting assured the curious citizens and Union leaders that he will do everything possible to prevail on the President, His Excellency George Manneh Weah, to visit the area as soon as possible following his return.


Responding, Mr. Emmanuel Obeng, Manager for Operations, and executives of the Association lauded Minister Wlue for what they described as a giant step he has taken to observe the situation at first hand and the readiness expressed to help find a permanent solution.


The Minister was accompanied on the tour by the Directors of Rail & Waterway, Mr. Amos Tuah and Public Affairs, Mr. Samuel G. Barjibo, Sr.