GBARNGA, BONG COUNTY – The President of the Federation of Road Transport of Liberia Union (FRTUL) Bong Chapter has defied Liberia National Police Bong Detachment order to mandate drivers to disengage from parking vehicles on the main street of Gbarnga.
On Tuesday, August 29, the Commander of the Liberia National Police mandated the office of the FRTUL’s president to call on all drivers of the Union to stop loading cars on the principle streets of Gbarnga.
But, speaking to journalists following the police’s order, Mr. Folday Johnson termed the mandate from the police as politically motivated pointing accusing the Bong County Senator Prince Moye of masterminding the construction of another union office, the Congress Drivers Union’s Office in Gbarnga, which according to him undermines the operations of the FRTUL.
According to Mr. Johnson, the current location of the Congress Drivers Union’s Office has over the years been considered as a grand-stand in the city of Gbarnga; adding that authorities of the County have denied companies and organizations of having access to the area.
Mr Johnson further alleged that the area has been given to the Congress Drivers Union by the political influence of Bong County Senator Prince Moye.
Mr. Johnson is at the same time calling on the Liberia National Police Bong County Detachment to disengage from its involvement in the matter.
Meanwhile the FRTUL Bong County boss is calling on the government of Liberia through the Ministry of Transport to intervene into the matter in order to serve every party involved justice.
The FRTUL, as the oldest union organization, was birthed in 1982, by veteran drivers with the primary goal of ensuring drivers are organized on a first come first serve basis, ensure passengers luggage’s were safely handled and placed in vehicles that manifested for reference in the event of misplacement.
The goal of the FRTUL’s establishment was to also ensure vehicles parking stations were built to house both drivers and passengers including their belongings as well as to ensure marketers would leave the main streets and move to the parking stations for trading purpose.