“NTA Is Not A Friendship Club,” Striking Workers Tell Pres. Weah; As LACC Arrests MD

Striking workers of the National Transit Authority (NTA) have told President George Weah that the entity is not a “friendship club” and therefore demanding the immediate dismissal of Managing Director Harbie Macauley.

LACC earlier Thursday arrested the MD of the NTA and reportedly had him handcuffed for alleged financial impropriety and other malfeasance.

On Wednesday, July 21, 2021, the workers, mainly drivers, assembled at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which is the temporary seat of the presidency, with all of the NTA buses parked there to draw the attention of President Weah relative to their grievances.

A spokesperson for the aggrieved workers, Veronica Doe alias Yankee Brooks, attacked the Managing Director with a number of allegations, for which she believes he is no longer needed at the entity.       

According to her, the NTA Managing Director has failed to pay their salaries for the past four months and that of the DSA although the company raises around L$1.5 million every day. 

She accused Macauley of being in the habit of going to the Paynesville Red Light parking on daily basis to collect money raised from the business.

According to Madam Doe, the daughter of the NTA Managing Director is earning as high as US$700.00 monthly while the Deputy Managing Director has been marginalized.

“Something that never happened during Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf’s time is what he is doing by carrying workers to his house to be his security,” she cried.

The spokesperson of the workers therefore called on President Weah to immediately dismiss Macauley on grounds that the NTA has taken a nosedive since Macauley took charge, while claiming that the entity has been reduced to a garage.

“The workers union met him many times but all he did was to promise without result. The case is also before the Labor Ministry. On Saturday, he is going to Germany but we will not let him to rest,” Madam Doe declared.

She further alleged that the Managing Director has embarked on a rampant employment spree while the actual workers are contractors and without any identification cards.

“We want President Weah to change him because even the outstation guest houses are in bad shape with no mattresses to sleep on. He travels twice to Germany every month and for this reason all the workers call him German based,” the spokesperson of the aggrieved NTA workers lamented.

She went to claim that all of the managers are sidelined, with no water in the company’s latrines as well as lack of medical benefits. 

Madam therefore vowed that they won’t rest, even when it takes months without work, until the President sees it befitting to dismiss the NTA Managing Director.      

Meanwhile, the embattled NTA Managing Director is yet to react to the many claims brought against him.             

 

 

 

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