The NEWS (Monrovia)

17 December 2012

Liberia: Our Concern About Poor Quality Goods

editorial

Every Year In Liberia when the Christmas season is approaching, importers and other business people usually auction products that have either overstayed in their warehouses or on the shelf.

In some instances, expired goods are released on the market by some unscrupulous business people at the expense of underprivileged Liberians.

Since Most Liberians lack the financial capacity to purchase goods and other food items from the supermarket, they are left with no option but to buy just whatever comes their way.

Concerns About The large number of different kinds of goods on the market, some of which are expired or infested products have attracted our attention. Of late, the streets of Monrovia and other market places have been flooded with different kinds of goods, including fake drugs, bug-infested imported flour, among others.

In Recent Time, this paper has been investigating the sudden increase in the large number of different brands of imported flour as well as the loose sale of drugs on the market, perhaps, without any monitoring and safety mechanism put into place by the appropriate authorities.

From Our Investigation, and based on testimonies from consumers, there are some products on the market, including imported flour brands that have very poor qualities; they have either expired or infested with bugs and worms.

Similarly, The Loose sale of substandard drugs on the market, some of which are fake or expired, is also a strong issue to pursue because these items impact the lives and security of Liberians and residents.

Considering The Increase of these different kinds of products on the market, especially during the festive season, we wonder whether the Ministry of Commence and other authorities critically examined these products before they are ordered on the market.

For Instance, Flour and drugs are products that we consume every day; therefore, it is the responsibility of the Liberian government to ensure that these commodities are free of any contagion and pronounced good for human consumption.

We Also Want to draw the attention of the government to regulate the importation of flour and drugs in the country. We've seen some kinds of deficiency in terms of control as it relates to the institutions that are authorized to import flours and drugs.

Our Investigation Has established that about 25 Lebanese, Indians, Fulani are involved in the importation of flour, while Liberian citizens who are involved in manufacturing flour in the country are yet to be given first-class consideration or supported by the Liberian government.

We Call On government to reduce the number of foreign business people given the right to import flour and drugs, and put Liberian institutions on a pedestal in order to help reduce poverty.

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