Concord Times (Freetown)

5 February 2013

Sierra Leone: Human Faeces Disrupt Traffic, Business At 'Belgium'

Commercial and private vehicles were unable to use a large part of Lightfoot Boston Street on Thursday as a result of the emergence of human faeces at Pultney Street thus causing traders selling along the street to remove their wares to avoid the odour. Pedestrians had to cover their noses as they passed by.

Some of the traders who sell around Belgium told Concord Times that it is unhygienic to inhale such pungent smell and that it was not the first time for human faeces to emerge on the street where they sell.

Chairman of the Belgium Sellers Association, Oseh Davies, stated that they have tried all they could to ensure that human faeces stop flowing from the drains but to no avail because the authorities concerned have turned deaf ears to the menace.

"We have done our best to stop human faeces coming from the gutters but it is getting worse," Davies said. "We find it very difficult to sell anytime human faeces burst from the gutters to the street."

He pointed out that the faeces come from the drainage at Pultney Street right through Lightfoot Boston Street in which some of the offices in the area connect their waste pipes through the drains.

"Even vehicles sometimes divert to other areas in order to evade the mess and bad smell. We are calling on the Freetown City Council to do something with immediate effect to salvage the situation," Davies said.

On his part, a trader, SorieThullah, added that they have been experiencing such problem for the past five years but it seems to be getting worse with little done by the FCC to address the situation.

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