WHERE ARE THE 100 BUSES?
BY:MOHAMED OSMAN BANGURA (POLITICAL)
The problem of transportation is still a menance for residents in the Western Area,especially Waterloo residents.
Even though vehicles have been assigned to different destinations but yet still there are difficulties in transport due to the attitude of some drivers who intentionally create unnecessary suffering for the people. Almost all the drivers change their destination and leaving the people/passengers in a hurry.
The big question one will asks himself is,where are the one hindered buses that was brought to salvage the problem of transportation? Well the answer will remain onhold as we expect the ministry of Transportation to give a clear explanation to us. Less effort is done by the Drivers Union to salvage the problems of transport in this city of Freetown as a result of the challenges they encountered.
It is disappointing to see a vehicle is boldly written on bonnet for Waterloo,Abardeen or other areas but they ply half way.This is sometimes done out of proportion because of the too much pressures drivers faced in the hands of traffic Police Officers, they were sometimes arrested for no crime but in the name of extorting moneys from drivers which they (police) refers to as booking.This of course is to be done at every police points.All these will create an inconvinence for the smooth running of public transports especially when the fuel has gone to it highest point.
It is surprising sometimes to see drivers and conductors collecting extra money from passengers for the front seat which they claimed to be a special seat.All this is done in name of ply half way.
That really tells me that Sierra Leonean law sometimes is not working.It is good to note that 70% of the people that are trading in the street and other markets areas are residents of Waterloo,Hastons,Jui,Calaba town Wellington etc.I’m certain that traffic police receives money from drivers and allow them plying wrong destination.
School going pupils are always late for school because of transportation and its lack and going back home is another big problem. School pupils as well as pedestrians fight for transport until late in the night.Why some Sierra Leoneans are there wickedly to suffer their fellow Sierra Leoneans?
This country can only develop if we work in tandem. I sometimes piety people who struggle for transport,visit Aberdeen Road,Eastern police,Fourah Bay Road,Malta Street etc in the evening hours, at night and witness responsible people struggling or nodding in the street waiting for transport. At times their bags and phones are snatched by thieves. And the people residing in places like waterloo suffer this.
Why can’t government buses rescue our suffering sisters and brothers that are living in those areas,I wonder?.
Speaking to Mr.Foday Sesay a resident of Murray Town in an inclusive interview at Goderich Street lorry part,he revealed to this writer that transportation system in Freetown Municipality is generally difficult.Citing that the condition is bad as one finds it very difficult to get home/at work.He confessed that sometimes they waited over one and half hour without getting transport.
Mr.Sesay and other passengers expressed dissatisfaction over the transport system. He advised that government should work and improve more on roads and if possible or need arises, they should construct fly over roads,that will minimize both the traffic and the constraints of transportation.