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Liberia: Scores of Travelers Nearly Missed Their Flight Due to Uncontrolled Traffic On RIA Highway Resulting From UMU Graduation

Monrovia — Scores of travelers leaving the country via the Roberts International Airport nearly missed their flight on Tuesday due to the heavy and uncontrolled traffic on the RIA Highway caused by the United Methodist University’s graduation.

The airline was gracious enough to have delayed by an hour to give passengers a chance to board since half of its travelers were stranded in the traffic.

The hour delay in Monrovia, however, led to many passengers missing their connecting flights from Accra, Ghana to other destinations.

The UMU graduation ceremony was held along the highway which is the only route leading to the country’s only international airport. The highway which has been under reconstruction for about a year now with little progress has often been described as a death trap for travelers.

Travelers who were left stranded on Tuesday said the police did nothing to ensure the free flow of traffic on that important road.

An officer of the Liberia National Police was heard suggesting to a 50-year-old international passenger to get on a motorcycle with her luggage if she wanted to make it to the airport in time.

The Africa World Airlines leaves Monrovia at 2 pm but left at 3:30 pm.

“It’s the Africa World Airlines that leaves at 2:30. Half the plane did not make it by the close of check-in. They have had to delay the flight by an hour to give us a chance,” the traveler said.

An international passenger (asked for anonymity) who also nearly missed the flight expressed disappointment at the level of incompetency in Liberia. He lamented that the level of corruption and incompetency he has observed in Liberia overshadows similar in all countries he has served in, including other war-torn regions.