Port Truckers Member On Strike Action
By Anthony Selmah
Members of the Port Truckers Association of Liberia (PTAL) of the National Port Authority (NPA) have staged a go-slow action at the Free Port of Monrovia, for what they describe as the ill-treatment melted against them by authorities of the National Part Authority (NPA).
Mr. Omaru A. Fofana, a member of the association chatting with Journalists on Tuesday March 13, 2018 at the Free Port of Monrovia disclosed that they have been key contributors to the growth and development of the economy of the country.According to him, over the years their association has been paying their taxes regularly to the government, as a way for them the PTAL members to get benefit from the government.
Omaru Fofana informed this paper that under the administration of NPA former Managing Director Parker, a parking lot was given to them, to park their trucks on after working hours, adding that former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf was in support of the parking lot given to them by the former MD Parker.
Fofana further explained that since Madam Parker left the port, and her successor Mr. David Williams came in as acting MD they have been facing problems in finding a parking lot at the port, noting that the association has the entire documents to prove that the parking lot was given to them to be used to park their trucks.
Fofana alleged that a portion of their parking lot has been given to the Supplying West Africa Trading Company (SWAT) and the United Cooperation Inc. (UCI) a rice companies to build their warehouses.
According to him, some their trucks are in those areas that both companies have started constructing their warehouses, and unable to move from the spot easily.
He stated that the many communications that he has written to the new management to address the problem, has been to no avail, and so the PTAL members will adhere to their go slow action to show their grievances.
Fofana used the occasion to appeal to President George Manneh Weah to intervene into the matter before it gets out of hand.