21 December 2012

Liberia: Ellen Halts Removal of Street Sellers Until...

President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has instructed all acting mayors and local government authorities to relax the removal of street sellers until the holiday season is over. In a pre-recorded television message to the Liberia people, President Johnson-Sirleaf said the relaxation is intended to afford petty traders and street hawkers the opportunity to carry out their business transaction during the festive season.

However, the President warned that the relaxation will be lifted on January 5, 2013 after which all street sellers must relocate to existing market buildings or be evicted to avoid constrains on the movement of motorist and pedestrian.

The President's message also issued strong warning to business structures including meat and fish sellers between the ELWA Junction and SKD Sports Complex to consider relocating during the grace period to facilitate the clean-up of the area as government can no longer condone to the deplorable condition of the gate way to Monrovia.

Meanwhile, the Presidential statement also called on businesses on the water front of the Measurado River to know that they too must relocate to stop the massive pollution of the river as part of effort to address the potential health hazard and continue the beautification of Monrovia.

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