10 January 2013

Liberia: Marketers Give 72-Hour Ultimatum

Paynesville Red-light and Gobachop marketers have issued a 72-hour ultimatum to the Paynesville City Council (PCC) and the Liberia Marketing Association(LMA) to remove stockpile of dirt within the vicinity, if not, they would stage a protest this Friday.

The marketers, who accused both bodies (PCC and LMA) of not making effort to remove the dirt, said their action may draw government's attention. Spokesperson Jerry Kollie, a retired army officer, told this paper Tuesday that the Gobachop Market at the Red-light has become a place of hold "your nose and buy."

"We have complained many times for the removal of the dirt, which is causing health problem for us, but nobody cares to listen. Our action on Friday if the dirt is not removes is intended to draw government's attention because she is there to provide protection to the people," Kollie added.

Kollie, who said he is one of the original organizers of the Gobachop Market ground in 1997, claimed there could be dead body (s) among the dirt because of the bad odor.

"The odor of the dirt is making us sick every day and we cannot continue to live in such a condition. We give LMA or PCC ultimatum which they must comply with, if not, a protest demonstration would make them to act," he noted. However, the LMA is reported to have assured the Gobachop marketers that they garbage will be removed this Thursday in compliance with the ultimatum.

"We have been assured by the LMA President of removing the dirt this Thursday having said to have paid PCC L$40,000.00 to do so. She said the contract was first given to the Monrovia City Corporation's ZoonLion but that has changed," Kollie told this paper via mobile phone. Gobachop market's dirt mountain for the past months has made the market a no-go area for people, including the seller themselves because of the health hazard it poses.

During a visit by the media, the market has become a place of hold "your nose and buy" but those selling in the area opined that with their strike action there could be a radical change.

The market like several other markets in and around the capital continues to have stockpile of dirt. Visit the Rally Time, Nancy B. Doe, Duala, Gardnerville Supermarket and Waterside Markets and see for yourself.

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