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Sierra Leone News: Motor Driver’s Union executive lists complaints

The executive members of the Sierra Leone Motor Drivers Union recently addressed President Julius Maada Bio and told him about the constraints they face.
The President of the Union, Alpha Amadu Bah, said the Union has over 72,000 members and their aim is ensure safe movement of people within the country.
He highlighted the issue of issuing of driving licenses, which he described as fraught with problems. He also called for the decentralization of the license offices as drivers have to travel from Kailahun and Kabala to get licenses.
The Drivers Union President also described problems with NASSIT terminals in Bo, Kenema and Makeni.
He said they welcomed the toll gate and road because it helps them in the reduction of accidents and they are ready to pay the toll gate fee but that the tons on Kilograms as they are paying Le300,000 per Kilo when their goods exceeds the stipulated 30kg.
There are groups of drivers, across the country, who remain disgruntled with the current executive and have called for the resignation and investigation of executive members. The Drivers Union collects millions of Leones, every day, in fees, parking tickets and dues. Disgruntled drivers want a full accounting of the monies collected by the Union. They also say this executive’s mandate has finished and an election is necessary, as per their Constitution.
President Bio said the drivers are part of the development of the country and that every individuals or group have their issues and unless you sit with them you will not understand. On their challenges raised, the President said the license issue is a genuine concern and he will see how government can look into how to get them involved in the process.
On the other areas like toll gate, the Texaco Lorry Park, President Bio said he was called on the different MDAs to look into the issue to get information about the operations in those areas.
By Betty Milton
Tuesday July 10, 2018.

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