The coordinator of the Margibi County Chapter of the Liberia Motorcycle Transport Union (LMTU), Winston Ford, has called for inclusive policymaking as means to end the ongoing crisis between both the unions and the police.
According to Ford, when policy are taking unilaterally it brings about mixed reactions, something that has the ability to cause violence among the unions.
Speaking in an interview in Harbel, Margibi County, Ford cited that it is sometimes troubling when policies are made and those the policies affect are not part of the policymaking, adding, “When the unions get involved in the policymaking process it becomes much difficult to have a kickback because we will be in the know to better explain to the riders other than the national government.”
“In policymaking according to the ethics of administration, you will find out that the person the policy affects should have an input in the policies, but that is not the case with the Liberian government,” Ford stressed.
He maintained that the sector is immensely contributing to the economic sector of the country, and there is a need for educated people to protect and empower the sector.
“The issue of the no-go zone affects the nation at large especially so when our members are being marginalized and their rights are being violated”. Ford noted that the unions are contributing to the revenue generation of the country, as such; government should implement policies as well as programs where commercial motorcyclists will be trained instead of a no-go zone.
“Even if you carry them in the communities, when they are not trained, lives and properties will not be protected,” he said. He however, cautioned commercial motorcyclists to develop a sense of responsibility, saying, “you need to prove to government and citizens that you are good people and not what they taking of you.”
Ford added that commercial motorcyclists should ply their trade seriously as it means of surviving in such a contemporary time and should create some level of responsibility.
“If you will take motorcycle riding serious the government will take you serious,” he warned. “Riders must firstly recognize that Liberia is a country of laws and not men, therefore, you should respect authorities because authorities come from above. These guys that are in leadership today need to respected because one of these days we too will take power”, he said.
By: R. Joyclyn Wea