NVB bus owners call on president to intervene
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.