Learning activities are being paralyzed at various public and private schools in Montserrado County due to hike in transportation fare and limited commercial vehicles plying the streets. This is caused by the acute shortage of gasoline on the local market.
Over the past three weeks, scarcity of gasoline continues to heighten; compelling drivers of commercial and private vehicles including motorbike taxis spend several hours in long queues at petroleum filling stations.
Most vehicles are left parked at filling stations, a situation that is leaving few taxis, buses and motorbikes to commute people including students. Some of the drivers claim they paid more than L$2,000 for a gallon of gasoline, arguing why they have tripled the fares.
Many students of private and government schools are constrained to trek long distances to get to their respective schools
Most students affected by the gas shortage told Bridge Radio Africa in a Pop interview recently, they arrived on their respective campuses several minutes into the first period of lessons. Lecturers or Instructors are either writing notes on the chalkboards or are providing explanations to students who were opportune to be on campus sooner, the students said.
The current situation is also affecting teachers. This is a situation that is further compounding teachers’ concerns of being under-paid amid the harsh economic situation. Now, many teachers are complaining that they are constrained to pay exorbitant transportation fares since the gasoline crisis erupted.
The situation is also affecting universities as well. The African Methodist Episcopal University (AMEU) was compelled to suspend academic activities as a result of the prevailing gasoline crisis.
As the gas crisis continues, this news source has gathered that commercial motorcyclists are threatening to stage a “civil disobedience” campaign in the coming days by setting road blocks and preventing the movement of government vehicles.