President George Weah has termed as unacceptable the increase in tariff of basic commodities on the Liberian market.
According to him such high tariff is directly affecting the living condition of the ordinary people and it is as well a contradiction to the pro poor agenda.
In a move to address said national issue the Liberian leader calls on the Commissioner General of the Liberia Revenue Authority Elfreida Steward Tamba to present new schedule to him to ensure immediate tariff reduction on wide range of basic commodities imported in Liberia.
He observed over the period that tariff regime including the ECOWAS common external tariff (CET)is amongst other things causing serious hike in basic commodities in the Country.
According to Presidential Press Secretary Sam Manneh President Weah promise to leave no stone unturned in making sure basic goods and services are affordable to the people and not to strangulate them due to unreasonable tariff.
Additionally the Liberian leader placing more emphasis on the issue also mandated the LRA boss to report to his directive in 72 hours.
It can be recalled that the current tariff regime was implemented on the final day of former President Ellen Johnson Sireaf’s administration in the tune of 40%.
Liberians are said to be feeling the pinched of such decision and it has also placed huge burden including public pressure on the current government to provide the necessary goods for the people.
Currently the price of basic commodities are sky rocketing thus causing serious hardship for the people.
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