Beaches & Water Way Contractors Dialogue Ends In Deadlock

Beaches & Water Way Contractors Dialogue Ends In Deadlock

MONROVIA, LIBERIA -Aggrieved contractors of the Beaches and Water Way Project Tuesday, January 5, 2021 stormed the offices of the Ministry of Youth and Sports located at the Samuel Kanyan Doe Sports Complex in Paynesville, outside Monrovia in demand of their just pay.

The aggrieved workers alleged that the government owned them for about twenty one months now after they have worked for unspecified number of months, something the government through the relevant government lines Ministries noted is untrue and unrealistic. Well in an attempt to address the issue and to set the records straight relative to the payment by both Youth and Sports Minister D. Zeogar Wilson and Finance and Development Planning Minister Samuel Tweah, the angry workers disrupted the entire process with just one message demanding their money.

Earlier, Minister Wilson providing information to the aggrieved workers stated that some of the challenges the project is currently facing derived from the zone supervisors and not them. According to him, after series of meetings with aggrieved worker supervisors it was agreed that some of them would have been paid for one, two, three and four months respectively all based on the years they have worked for over the period. “Your supervisors worked with us and we followed all of the procedures and some people have already received either one or two months of their pay,’’ he told the huge gathering.

He also acknowledged that the payroll was overcrowded something he noted did not come from them rather the supervisors of the project though they were under obligation to carry on a proper and direct monitoring and supervision. “We have to identify who got pay and who did not get and we will work with your old leaders to know what exactly happen and what can be done to address the issue,” said Minister Tweah. He pointed out that the government is under obligation to always address grievances something that they are doing but requires time and patience. He then encouraged the aggrieved workers to exercise patience as they are working on modalities to have the issue amicably resolved.

Following his statement and in an attempt to lay the basis for Education Minister Ansu Sonii to speak before opening the forum for questioning, the inpatient workers angrily burst in anger and disrupted the entire process as the government officials were seen insecure thereby running for safety. Meanwhile, the aggrieved workers minutes after the disrupted dialogue continue their unbending action, blocked the main entrance of the SKD in a move to prevent Minister Tweah from leaving the Compound and later on extended their protest and walked from the main boulevard from Paynesville straight to the Foreign Affairs Ministry on Capitol Hill. As the situation still remains unresolved, the aggrieved workers threatened to continue their protest until their plights are addressed.


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