Grand Kru County District # 2 Representative, Numene T. H. Bartekwa, has alarmed over the hike in the prices of basic commodities on the Liberian market.
According to him, business entities in the country are operating to their "will and pleasure" due to the failure of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry to live up to its mandate.
Amongst other things, the mandate of the ministry is to regulate and monitor the commerce and industrial sectors of the country.
Rep. Bartekwa stated that "prices are being increased arbitrarily without control" on the local market due to the alleged failure of the ministry to carry out its responsibility.
He made these assertions on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 in a communication addressed to the Plenary of the House of Representatives.
In his communication, he requested the august body to summon the Minister of Commerce and Industry, Mr. Axxel Addy to appear to show reasons why the ministry is unable to regulate and monitor commodities on the Liberian market.
Plenary is the highest decision making body of the House of Representatives.
His communication was read during the 5th day sitting of the Third Session.
The Grand Kru County lawmaker pointed out that the current hike in the prices of basic commodities on the local market is creating serious hardship for Liberians especially the ordinary citizens.
The Grand Kru County lawmaker averred that business entities in Liberia are operating to their 'will and pleasure' because the Ministry of Commerce and Industry has "withdrawn its inspectors from the field."
According to him, prices of similar commodities of the same quality and size differ from one business place to another due to the malfunction of the ministry to regulate and monitor the local market.
Rep. Bartekwa pointed out that the Liberian market is characterized by "irregularities and unwholesome practices.
Meanwhile, the House Standing Committee Chair on Posts and Telecommunication urged his colleagues to see reason to invite the Commerce and Industry Minister to give reason why the ministry has allegedly withdrawn its inspectors from the field, leaving the market unregulated.