The Ministry of Commerce, by way of its native workplace in Nimba is warning scratch playing cards sellers within the county towards what he phrases as ‘profiteering.’
Profiteering is the method whereby a person makes unreasonable revenue not justified by the corresponding assumption of threat, or by doing so unethically.
Talking to The New Republic Newspaper’s Nimba correspondent on Thursday, 28 January, the senior Commerce Inspector, Mr. Alphonso Okay.S. Miamen, stated it’s unlucky that Liberians who’re doing enterprise will probably be so ‘unethical.’
He has vowed to descend on these concerned in exercise of such by way of punitive actions.
Mr. Miamen made particular reference to scratch playing cards sellers who he stated are maximizing income on the detriment of peculiar Liberians in Nimba County.
“It has come to our consideration that the trade price within the nation, the very best is LRD170; so now we’re seeing them promoting scratch playing cards to folks publicly on the price of LRD200.” The Commerce Inspector famous.
In accordance with him, hike in costs of primary commodities throughout Liberia just isn’t solely distinctive to the nation’s staple meals, rice but it surely additionally goes all the way down to scratch playing cards, which he says shouldn’t be so.
He disclosed that this time across the Ministry of Commerce inspection is not going to solely be restricted to commodities corresponding to petroleum and rice, however scratch playing cards sellers will even be captured for inspection.
He asserted: “it isn’t solely rice value that we are going to be embarking on; it isn’t solely gasoline value.”
Inspector Miamen desires these concerned with pointless enhance of scratch playing cards costs to desist or threat their wrath.
The senior Commerce officer additional indicated that he and his group of inspectors are ready to go after anybody who’s unauthorized and unethically will increase the worth of GSM scratch playing cards within the county.
He likened the habits of scratch playing cards sellers all through Liberia, with particular emphasis on Nimba the place he controls as an act of ‘corruption.’
Because of the prevailing financial state of affairs the nation presently faces, which was created by the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, Miamen stated he expects that scratch playing cards be bought for nothing greater than LRD180.
“If persons are altering for LRD170, and also you promote one scratch card for not less than LRD180, to search for LRD10 revenue, it will be significantly better than promoting LRD200 in search of LRD30 revenue in folks it is not going to be good,” he confused.
Which means these making scratch playing cards enterprise within the county have as much as Friday, January 29 to correctly alter themselves as violator’s items will probably be confiscated, and additional charged for profiteering on the detriment of residents in accordance with legislation.
In accordance with him, the arbitrary enhance within the value of GSM recharge playing cards has the proclivity to trigger the dying of a person.
“Why if any person is struggling that speculated to name his/her mom or father for sure issues that occurred and the individual solely have LRD185 for scratch card and also you promoting LRD200; on the specific minute the individual is meant to donate blood and inside that interval the steadiness LRD15 just isn’t out there, then the individual dies,” he added.
Mr. Miamen seized the chance to announce about their upcoming quarterly inspections that can shortly begin in February.
He revealed that the inspections will permit them weed out unwholesome items being bought on the Liberian market.
The Commerce Ministry native workplace within the county has been confronted with sequence of challenges, however Miamen stated he is completely satisfied that there was some progress made since he took over.
He succeeded the present Superintendent, Nelson Korquoi.
Regardless of the constraints which he says they’re progressively overcoming, Mr.Miamen assured Nimbaians that they are going to be rigorous of their operations this yr.
He spoke on the campus of the Liberia Worldwide Christian Faculty (LICC) when he had gone to establish along with his non secular establishments, United Liberia Inland Church.