NVB bus ow­ners call on pre­si­dent to in­ter­ve­ne

Times of Suriname - - ENGELS -

Bus ow­ners who ren­der their ser­vi­ces and bu­ses to the Na­ti­o­nal Trans­port Com­pa­ny (NVB) on Mon­day cal­l­ed on Pre­si­dent De­si Bou­ter­se to use his in­flu­en­ce to ma­ke su­re that they can fi­nal­ly re­cei­ve their sub­si­dies. They ha­ve not re­cei­ved any sub­si­dy for the past 4 months. The bus ow­ners at a re­cent union mee­ting de­ci­ded to wait for a res­pon­se un­til Fri­day. If the si­tu­a­ti­on remains the sa­me, they will ta­ke ac­ti­on next week. The bus ow­ners will re­por­ted­ly con­ve­ne on Mon­day to de­ter­mi­ne their stra­te­gy. Ken­neth The­men, chair­man of the Or­ga­ni­za­ti­on for Bus and Boat Ow­ners in Su­ri­na­me (OBS), ex­plai­ned that he is puzz­led by the fact that the govern­ment keeps ma­king su­re that the trans­port sec­tor gets in­to fi­nan­ci­al trou­ble. “The govern­ment re­pe­a­ted­ly sta­tes that it will help the poor­est pe­o­p­le be­cau­se tho­se pe­o­p­le are the on­es who re­ly on che­ap bus trans­port and the govern­ment should the­re­fo­re ful­fill its obli­ga­ti­ons,” said The­men who ad­ded that it is scan­da­lous that the bus ow­ners ha­ve to ma­ke noi­se eve­ry ti­me over mo­ney that they ha­ve rightful­ly ear­ned. The bus ow­ners must ma­ke su­re that their bu­ses stay on the rou­tes and that the bus dri­vers get their sa­la­ries so that they can pro­vi­de for their fa­mi­lies. Re­ports in­di­ca­te that the pa­pers are cur­rent­ly at the Fi­nan­ce Mi­ni­stry but that no­thing is hap­pe­ning. The­men ho­pes that the bus ow­ners will re­cei­ve pay­ment soon.

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