Ebola Sierra Leone: DRIVERS ‘TAWA’ OVER EBOLA REGULATIONS

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Mr. Kanu maintained that as a responsible Union, they have advised their members to see reason in this State of Emergency, to allow only two passengers in the back seat of taxis amongst other regulations that would ensure public safety in public transports…but to no avail

Following the recent State of Emergency announced by President Ernest Bai Koroma, to halt the activities of all night clubs in the country amongst other regulations to ensure public safety against the ravaging Ebola virus in the country, the Sierra Leone Police (SLP) in order to minimize congestion on buses that ply within the city, which is viewed as a catalyst to the spread of the Ebola virus, is set to make its first impression, if reports reaching SIERRA LEONE NEWS HUNTERS is anything to go by.

Reports reaching this press indicate that commercial drivers might protest today over reasons they attribute to them being sidelined or ignored in the decision taken by the President.

According to a senior representative of the Drivers Union, Sulaiman Kanu, the actions and decisions of President Koroma against the Ebola scourge, though welcome by the Union, were not taken in the best interest of commercial drivers. He added, however, that even though the Presidency is very serious about tackling Ebola; the same cannot be said about the general welfare of drivers in the country, whose employers do not depend, or are looking up to government subsidies.

He maintained that eradicating Ebola from Sierra Leone is a task that cannot be singularly handled by the government alone. He went on to say that Ebola is not a political weapon that should be used against anyone.

According to him, the SLP would do all in its power to assist all the stakeholders combating the spread of the Ebola virus.

Mr. Kanu maintained that as a responsible Union, they have advised their members to see reason in this State of Emergency, to allow only two passengers in the back seat of taxis amongst other regulations that would ensure public safety in public transports.

He noted that the Police at Calaba Town, Shell Company at Kissy and other parts of eastern Freetown are not happy with the President’s regulations.

He went on to say that they have tried as a Union to talk with private commercial transport owners to see reason to make sacrifice as their own contribution to the fight against Ebola to no avail.

 

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