FOROYAA Newspaper (Serrekunda)

14 February 2013

Gambia: Market Vendors Complain Brikama Area Council Responds

Vendors selling vegetables, second hand clothing and other wares at the open space behind the Brikama Health Centre have raised concerned over the lack of provision of a permanent and suitable place by the Brikama Area Council (BAC).

The concerned vendors, who comprised both men and women, said they have been occupying the present place for a very long time until when the Council relocated them to the old market and the Nyambai market in early 2012.

They explained that these two locations are not ideal for business as they were not making any sales, adding that this was the reason why they came back to the same place. According to them, they pay their annual licence fee of D150.00 for each stall and an additional D5.00 each day per stall.

The vendors complained that this issue of permanent space has been a longstanding problem and the Council has not done much in terms of providing a suitable place for them. They said what the Council has been telling them is that the place belongs to the Health Centre but does not provide an ideal location which is easily accessible to the customers.

Responding to the concerns raised by the vendors, Mr. Momodou Jonga, the Public Relation Officer (PRO) of BAC, confirmed the move they have made in relocating the vendors from the place they are presently occupying.

"We were given the directive to vacate them because the place belongs to the Health Centre", said Mr. Jonga.

He said they did the relocation together with the security forces and the office of the governor.

"We are instructed to relocate them to the old marked and or the Nyambai market and good number of them complied", he added.

He insisted that the only suitable place for them is either the old market of the Nyambia market.

On the concerns of the vendors as to why they are still being asked by Council to pay for licence and duty if they hold the view that they should not do business at the place, the BAC PRO said as long as they are doing their business their they should pay tax to the Council.

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