15 February 2013

Liberia: Transport Craves Peaceful Dialogue - to Settle Grievances

As a result of ongoing verbal altercation between the leadership of the Liberia Motorcycle Union (LMTU) and authorities of the Liberia National Police (LNP), the Ministry of Transport has warned the executives of the union peaceful dialogue is the best means of settlement of grievances.

In a release, the Acting Transport Minister J. Ebenezer Kolliegbo said consistent with the ministry's statutory mandate of regulatory oversight for the transport sector in the country, the ministry convened a meeting with the leadership to get a clearer picture of the situation in order to find an amicable settlement.

"The current trend is of serious concern to the general public for which the ministry needs to timely intervene," the release added.

According to the release, Minister Kolliegbo said while the services of motorcycles is important as commended by the President in her annual message to the nation, the leadership of the union must seek proper redress in addressing concerns.

The release maintained that the Minister urged the leadership to cultivate a culture of friendship with the LNP for the common good of the people of Liberia and call on the leadership to remain law abiding and must always show respect to constituted authorities.

The release noted that Robert Sammie, Augustine Kanneh and Isaac Kermue who represented the LMTU commended the ministry for the invitation extended them and vowed that the union will always remain government-friendly and law abiding.

The release maintained that the LMTU leadership recent statements in the media are not meant to intimidate and confront the government through the Police.

"The union leaders therefore welcomed the mandatory role the ministry is playing so as to bring about harmony between the Police and the union", the release said.

According to the release, the union assured the minister and staff that it has no negative intention against the government and pledged to inform its membership to continue to abide by the 10pm regulation pending peaceful negotiations and settlement of the issue of the extension with the Police in the not too distant future.

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