In spite of the reductions in the pump prices of petroleum products, transportation fares continue to sky rocket, to the detriment of commuters and businesspeople in Monrovia.The Ministries of Commerce and Industry and Transport continue to remain mute as the economic hardship continues to plague Liberians and businesspeople week after week.Regrettably, commercial drivers and other public transport providers continue to exhibit the highest degree of defiance and transport fares have spiraled beyond the reach of ordinary Liberians in the country.Each day of the week public transport providers continue to announce new fares to various destinations in and around Monrovia.In spite of the persistent public outcries, in some instances against the Liberian Government, by commuters and businesspeople, the situation remains very worrisome and complex.On many occasions, commuters and businesspeople are heard saying, the suffering and severe economic hardships of Liberians are cause for celebration for some Government officials.Many of them riding in their big official cars over the years in Monrovia and other parts of the country, seem to have taken solace in the hardships of the Liberian people, they said.Unfortunately, every day at many street corners, ordinary Liberians and businesspeople are seen stranded, frustrated and sad, enduring the hardships of acute shortage of transportation and fare hikes.Ironically, the 52 buses donated to the GOL by the Indian Government, remain parked at the National Transit Authority (NTA) compound for reasons best known to the authorities.Some commuters and businesspeople travelling from the business district of Paynesville say they are still paying triple in transport fares to come to central Monrovia.At the same time those trekking from the commercial district of Duala on Bushrod Island, encounter similar hardships at the hands of unscrupulous commercial drivers.Businesspeople and commuters board buses and taxis from the commercial district of Waterside for the Red-light and Duala Markets experiencing the same increased fares.“Our socio-economic hardships and frustrating encounters with commercial drivers are squarely and the collective responsibilities of law enforcement officers in Monrovia,” Duala businessman John B. Bestman lamented.For his part, Red-light Market businessman Samuel B. Harrison during the weekend told the Daily Observer that over the years the Liberian Government has placed no premium on the provision of sustained commercial transport vehicles in Monrovia and its environs.“It is my hope and expectation that in 2015 our government will place serious priority on the provision of adequate transport vehicles in Monrovia and other parts of our country,” Mr. Harrison pleaded.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
And in a passionate statement, former Liverpool, Tottenham and Fulham midfielder Murphy has given his damning verdict on the PFA and the organisation’s many failures towards current and former players.“This is not a crusade against Gordon Taylor,” he told talkSPORT host Jim White on Monday, “this is about an independent review into the organisation because it’s not doing enough to help players and especially ex-players.“The PFA’s responsibility to footballers is huge, but it’s not being fulfilled.“This is an organisation that has the capacity to help hundreds of people who are in desperate need and they’re not doing enough.“The money they receive is huge and it doesn’t compare with what they give back. FA Cup winner Vinnie Jones has also slammed PFA chief Gordon Taylor 4 4 Ben Purkiss, pictured playing for Port Vale in 2016, is currently chairman of the PFA 4 Danny Murphy made over 700 club appearances in a career spanning almost 20 years in English football Taylor has been in the role for 37 years A group of around 300 influential current and former players are said to be calling for Taylor to stand down from his role.The 73-year-old has been in charge of the PFA for 37-years, but he has been urged to end his long reign in order to ‘allow the PFA to modernise and evolve’.Reports claim players feel under-represented by the organisation, while the PFA have also come under fire for Taylor’s reported annual salary of around £2.2million.LISTEN: ‘Gordon Taylor is a DINOSAUR – he’s got to go’ – Vinnie Jones joins calls for PFA chief’s resignation 4 “There are so many areas of problems former players are facing that aren’t being addressed, and we are going to see more and more ex-players in real dire straits because of the inability of the PFA to help.“There are a lot of aspects to this… but the election process is probably the biggest subject – there’s never been one!“I’ve been a footballer for nearly 20 years but I’ve never been part of an election process, it’s never happened and it can’t be right.“Why has it not happened? Gordon Taylor has blocked the evolution of the PFA for years, and what Ben Purkiss has done is he’s asked for the independent review to try and evolve the organisation and make it beneficial for those players who are struggling.“Purkiss is a super brave lad, because he’s tried to bring forward this independent review but he’s being blocked and he’s being discredited. The reason is, I think, quite honestly and simply is they are trying to cover up things in the organisation, the skeletons in the closet, and that’s not right.” 🗣 “The @PFA are trying to cover up things going on in the organisation!”😡 “I personally know players struggling and they don’t help. That is WRONG!”Passionate rant from Danny Murphy 👏 pic.twitter.com/aDaXIbe3ty— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) November 19, 2018 Asked if he would stand to replace Taylor, Murphy replied: “Yeah, why not?“I would, of course I would.“I think I could do that job better, I know I could.“Transparency is the key and all everybody wants, and this is including any man on the street with any union, is for it to be transparent and for it to be helping its members.” Danny Murphy has said he would stand to replace under-fire Gordon Taylor as chief executive of the Professional Footballers’ Association, telling talkSPORT: ‘I know I’d do a better job.’The former Premier League star says the PFA is ‘not fulfilling its responsibility’ to players and is ‘not doing enough’ to support them after they retire from the game.