The Economic Freedom Fighters of Liberia (EFFL) has expressed dismay over the increase in petroleum price across the country. The revolutionary grassroots political institution wants the new LPRC Managing Director Nyemadi Pearson audited including all tanks thereof for spot verification of products amidst LPRC claims no shortage.
The EFFL said it is regrettable that LPRC management and the government are maintaining there is no shortage of petroleum product in the country but the price of products has skyrocketed within the last few days or weeks at an all-time ever in Liberia.
“The Economic Freedom Fighter of Liberia calls on the Liberian leader George Weah to sanction an immediate Audit of the LPRC management presided over by Madam Nyemadi Pearson who once served with NOCAL before it also went bankrupt”, the group mentioned in a release.
The EFFL indicated that it is troubled with conflicting statements from two of Liberia’s petroleum companies namely, LPRC and Aminata and Sons, “Aminata and Sons is saying there is scarcity and LPRC is also saying that fuel is in the country while the majority of the Liberian people are suffering, This is contradictory, therefore which the group is calling for tank audit to verify the actual information.
“We cannot fathom how the LPRC presided over by Madam Pearson will be chest beating over fuel being in the country but right in some quarters people are buying fuel for around L$800 and more in the rural places”, EFF Liberia release stated.
The mass-based revolutionary political institution of consciousness decries the hardship hike in transportation fares across Liberia, saying this is not what Weah led CDC promised Liberians. Their Agenda for Prosperity will be a farce if this petroleum issue is not handled expeditiously.
EFFL is calling on the LPRC management to with immediate effect halt the clandestine ‘Provisional Lifting’ being carried out at the port where another importer’s fuel is illegally given to another for sale behind the back of the original owner thereby creating a shortage for others. Only an audit will determine if importers fuel is actually in the tanks as they have on papers.
“This ‘Dig Hole Cover Hole’ attitude of LPRC as exposed by online Watchdog must be investigated and perpetrators brought to book. Petroleum products have an adverse effect on the general population and any attempt by the government not to sort out the challenges soon will lead to major economic catastrophe, the institution says.
As it stands, commuters commuting from one place to another are experiencing a huge increase in transportation especially those leaving from Kakata City to Monrovia now charged one thousand five hundred (1,500) Liberian dollars. This is unprecedented and needs an urgent intervention as the EFFL calls on the petroleum cartel to desist from paying hugely in PR when hundreds of Liberians are suffering, any quietude from the President will amount to consent to what’s happening to Liberians.
Pursuant to the above, if the national government refuses to act and bring the petroleum prizes under control, the EFFL and the entire citizenry will use article one of the Liberian Constitution to park all government vehicles. “The people elected the government to act in their interest responsibly and not to undermine their already strangulated future”.
“We call on our people to be calm as the EFFL is doing everything to end poverty in Liberia by 2020 and 2023. We promised not to negotiate the poverty of our people with this incompetent government but rather commit ourselves to a struggle that will lift Liberia out of poverty. We await a timely decision on this issue or we will be forced to act in parking government vehicles as this unbearable economic situation in Liberia has become unacceptable”, the release added.