Liberians unhappy over containers’ movements

There are growing concerns among ordinary Liberians over the continued movements of heavy containers at densely populated market places where they go for business transactions especially in these festive seasons.

Like many other countries around the world, Liberia is observing Christmas season, and many ordinary people use this time to purchase auctioned goods that are often found to be expensive after the festive seasons.

But in spite of the multitude of people that converge at market places either to buy or sell goods, there are concerns that police here are not preventing the movements of containers at populated places to avoid accidents.

The police could not be reached immediately.

A resident of Gbarnga, Bong County who travelled to Monrovia on a shopping spree, Mr. Robinson Sherman Doe says it was unrealistic for the police to allow the movement of heavy container trucks at populated locations such as Redlight, Waterside, Duala and other places.

Mr. Doe complains about the grave threat and danger it poses to the lives of pedestrians when these containers are not controlled by the police.

According to Mr. Doe, he was awaiting commercial car to go to Redlight, Paynesville on the night of 22 December when a 40ft container appeared drove in the midst of dozens of sellers and bystanders.

Mr. Doe says some people fled for their lives as the truck driver appeared to struggle to drive through the area.He observes that the truck had challenges to drive through the area freely because the street was still park.

Also speaking with this paper, Lucia Dennis, a dealer of used clothes and Susan Watson of Redlight, Paynesville, explained how the movement of container trucks in their area has become a serious embarrassment for smaller vehicles and pedestrian.Susan and Lucia say unnecessary traffic congestions are created when these heavy trucks are parked in the street to off-load goods.

They recall how few years back, container trucks killed innocent people and destroyed properties worth hundreds of dollars.The urge the police to disallow container trucks from plying the streets in the day to prevent accidents, especially during the Christmas holiday.They want government to restrict container trucks to travel around 2AM to prevent terrifying accidents during the holiday.

By Emmanuel Mondaye–Edited by Winston W. Parley

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