The New Dawn (Monrovia)

12 August 2014

Liberia: Gov't Warns Again

The Government of Liberia has warned business owners and commercial drivers against price hiking of commodities and services in the country.

Information Minister Lewis Brown disclosed to a local radio talk in Monrovia that the government has been already aware that certain business owners and commercial drivers were in the constant habit of unnecessarily increasing prices of commodities, as well as transportation fares from one place to another in Monrovia and its environs and the various highways in the country.

He described the individuals exploiting the current situation to cheat others as unscrupulous. "If we Liberians will continue such habit, then we want no good for this country; no one will claim to be an original citizen and do harm to others in this country," he added.

He said the fact that the country being a sweet land of liberty did not mean certain individuals, who are not citizens of this nation should use situation such as the Ebola fight to satisfy their desire by creating hardship for the people of Liberia. He said the government will not tolerate any form of exploitation of its citizens from any business entity or individual.

The government warned that any business entity or owner found increasing the prices of commodities or demanding unjust transportation fares from passengers other than the stipulate prices and fares face the full weight of the Law.

He said the warning was against the backdrop of the daily and numerous complaints from ordinary citizens and commuters interacting with these unscrupulous business entities and owners, as well as traders and commercial drivers.

While many welcome the warning by the government, through its official spokesman, it would only mean well for ordinary Liberians when the necessary monitoring measures are practically in place.

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