By Jefferson D. Tweh
A Liberian Businessman based in the United States of America (USA), General Manager of Jonathan Supplies Business, Mr. Jonathan B.Wulah Jr. says he is highly frustrated about the mass corruption taking place in the Freeport of Monrovia.
Mr. Wulah told this paper that he brought a 44-foot container in Liberia and after his goods had spent one Month in the Freeport of Monrovia he paid US$9,000.00 just to clear those goods from the port.
“I am disappointed because corruption at the Freeport of Monrovia is very rampant and it cannot be minimized; everything there is money, money and Port Authority is not doing the right thing to satisfy the customers’ needs and wants, rather they corrupt the whole system,” Wulah stated.
Mr. Wulah further stated that he is a full member of the Liberia Business Association (LBA) and that he registered his business entity in Liberia and all his documents are correct but he was not treated well by Freeport Authority, something he described as being unfair and unjust to him.
Mr. Wulah narrated further that his business entity is engaged in equipment rental and sub contracts, and that he is working along with China Union, fixing the Bong Mines Road. Based on that he added that he decided to bring equipment in the country to help business people and companies; but after spending so much money at the Port just to clear his goods; at the end of the day, he took money from some other stakeholders.
“My brother, I paid much money to the Port Authority just to clear my goods and I spent the amount of US$9,000.00 just to get my goods from the Freeport of Monrovia,” Mr. Wulah averred.
Mr. Wulah said besides the equipment, he also brought four cars and the Port Authority charged him US$1,000.00 for each car without any discount, a situation he considered as a total discouragement for business people.
“I encouraged my colleagues in the United States of America (USA) to come to Liberia and do business but what I experienced was very incredible and disappointing because as he put it, ”Corruption in Liberia has become the order of the day to the extent that it has even reached its zenith. Everyone wants to chop,” Mr. Wulah disgustingly said.
He said he has decided to use the media so that some Liberians can get to know about the dubious deals at the Freeport of Monrovia.