Normal activities along the Ganta-Yekepa road project are at a standstill since 10 May 2019 to present due to Phase II of a vigorous joint motor vehicle inspection involving the Ministry of Transport, the Liberia National Police and the Liberia Revenue Authority [LRA] in Nimba County.
The exercise covers motor vehicles, motorcycles and tricycles, yellow machines, heavy duty trucks, specifically inspecting driver’s License, compliance enforcement.
It’s ongoing in five counties including Bong, Grand Bassa, Margibi, Grand Gedeh and Nimba, respectively.
The Ministry of Transport is involved with what it terms domestic revenue generation for socio-economic and infrastructural development for government.Guinean trucks and equipment belonging to the Senegalese-based road construction company [CSE] are grounded.
Some of Guinean drivers, who asked for anonymity, alleged that when the inspection team arrests their vehicles, they are required to pay money before being allowed to enter Ganta to carry out normal business.
Road construction equipment of the Senegalese company and vehicles are parked due to failure to register and obtain driver’s licenses, among other requirements thus, halting construction work on the Ganta-Yekepa road.
The CSE Company entered into an agreement with the Government of Liberia to pave the road which connects Ganta thru Sanniquellie City to the mining town, Yekepa.
The Ministry of Transport is expected to order the vehicles and equipment parked at the facility of the mining company ArcelorMittal and Cocopa plantation until full compliance, including payment of taxes.
License plates of some of the CSE vehicles impounded are: -A61214, A-61418, A-61412, A-60612 and the manager’s car with plate# A-65349, respectively.
When contacted, the head for the joint inspection team refuses to comment on allegation of extorting money from Guinean truck drivers and others, instead, referring this paper to speak with head office in Monrovia. By Thomas Domah/Nimba–Editing by Jonathan Browne