Liberia’s Police Director Chris C. Massaquoi says motorcyclists here are getting to be very disciplined, owing to the fact that they listen to the police and Liberia’s Peace Ambassador William Tolbert, III to gather and complete a two -day workshop on their own.
Director Massaquoi said such discipline signifies that motorcyclists were determined in contributing to the peace and stability of the country, expressing the hope that the relationship among the motorcyclists, police and public would be enhanced.
“… That was the objective of this workshop – to be able to collaborate and understand the challenges and challenges that we have in all of the sectors,” he said, Thursday, 8 September at the Effort Baptist Church in Paynesville at the end of a two-day consultations.
The Police Chief said challenges were highlighted at the consultations and now motorcyclists have been invited to the Liberia National Police or LNP Headquarters to continue such workshop to ensure that they, the public and police enjoy peace and stability.
Liberia’s Peace Ambassador, Rev. Tolbert, said he was sure that following the two-day training, each party would have understood their respective roles in helping to sustain the peace here, particularly emphasizing the safety and security of the public, motorcycle operators and the police.
He said there were 90 participants at the consultations, including motorcyclists and the police- 75 of the participants were immediately certificated at the end of the training held at the Effort Baptist Church in Paynesville on Thursday, 8 September.
Throughout the consultations, Rev. Tolbert said many of the motorcyclists and their regulators expressed concerns about their relationship with the public. “We must give them credit. The Cyclists have done a lot of work to help improve the relationship,” Rev. Tolbert said, noting that it was bad before among the motorcyclists, police and the public, but it is better now.
He pledged that the police will equally get more of such exercises like going through consultations with the motorcyclists throughout the counties in an effort to enhance the reinforcement of the rules of engagement and the laws.
He acknowledged that many of the young people operating motorbikes today were high school graduates, while others were in colleges, making motorbikes their source of income to sustain themselves and their families.
He said motorcyclists’ relationship with the police and the public was much better than it was in the past, saying “and we are all going to work on this.” The Office of the Peace Ambassador, in collaboration with the LNP, Liberia Motorcycle Transport Union and the Commercial Motorcyclists Transport Union held the two-day consultations, cautioning motorcyclists against violence in case of accidents and other situations on grounds that it gives Liberia a negative image to the outside world and also affect investment and job opportunities for young people.
By Winston W. Parley