The Deputy Minister of Transport for Administration and Insurance, J. Ebenezer Kolliegbo, has denounced media reports attributed to him that the Monrovia Transit Authority (MTA) will be shut down.
Min. Kolliegbo I his reaction described as 'erroneous, with no iota of truth', the recent Public Agenda Newspaper report quoting him that the dissolution of the MTA by the government of Liberia is on course, and that the National Transit Authority (NTA) is being established to replace it.
In a press interview over the weekend, the Deputy Transport Minister said it is the policy of the Government of Liberia to ensure the provision of adequate, efficient and affordable public transportation system to all of its citizens.
At such, the MTA will not be dissolved but shall become a subsidiary of the National Transit Authority (NTA) in accordance with the Act that created the NTA.
The Deputy Transport Minister said the establishment of the NTA will bring about the much desired efficiency and improvement needed in providing public transportation to all citizens and that the Government was making significant progress in achieving that goal.
He stressed that the ongoing restructuring exercises at the NTA is all in line with the government's reform agenda and the poverty reduction strategy in providing an effective and affordable public transportation for residents in Monrovia and throughout the country.
He further stressed that the MTA was being poorly operated which necessitated management overhaul by the Board of Directors to bring about efficiency, accountability, transparency and to provide better transportation services to the citizens.
Public officials, he stressed, should be held accountable to the public in carrying out their mandate and in providing services. All citizens, deserve better services from our public officials, he concluded.