Koijee Launches Awareness On Street Selling
Monrovia City Mayor, Jefferson Koijee has launched massive awareness on street selling and promised to construct huge market building for the relocation of petty traders with support from the President.
On Wednesday, the city Mayor stormed the streets of Monrovia with a vigorous campaign on street selling. Flanked by employees of the Monrovia City Corporation and members of the Federation of Petty Traders and Informal Workers Union of Liberia (FEPTIWUL), Koijeesaid, the MCC and FEPTIWUL have embarked on series of activities geared towards ensuring street selling in Monrovia is regulated.According to him, Monrovia could be one of the most beautiful and cleanest cities in Africa if its inhabitants were willing to accept the necessary change the city deserves. He noted that continuous selling in the streets, particularly major streets in Monrovia was a challenge affecting the MCC’s beautification policy with specific emphasis on City Ordinance one and three.
He, however, assured the petty traders that they will not be removed from the streets without finding a perfect place for them to earn their living.
Mayor Koijeenoted that the MCC has succeeded with the help of Pres.Weah to identify a place with funding available to construct a huge market building where all petty traders will be relocated.
Mayor Koijee noted that the public should rest assured that the MCC under his leadership was determined to utilize the method of peaceful dialogue and constructive engagement to solve the problem of unregulated street selling that has always challenged the city.
He also called on Petty Traders to see Monrovia City Police as a professional force which will no longer be involved with the seizure of their goods as in the past.
Mayor Koijee is also expected to host a general meeting with all street vendors and the FEPTIWUL leadership on Sunday, June 17, 2018 beginning 2:00PM.
The Wednesday’s street selling awareness followed series of engagements with Petty Traders’ Unions within the city limit.
The engagements amongst other things, focused on how the City Government and the PettyTraders’ Unions can collaborate to find remedy to the increasing street selling in Monrovia and its surrounding areas.
Street selling is becoming a common practice at major streets in the capital, something which usually leads to huge traffic congestion.
Cook food, roasted cassava, roasted meat, orange, use clothes amongst other basic commodities are sold on major streets, including Broad and Randall.
During these engagements, leaders of Petty Traders’ Unions complained about the lack of space to relocate their members.
They told Authority of the Corporation that in the absence of space, removing them would be difficult, but however, promised to help the City Government peacefully to remove street peddlers from streets if there were specific locations.
Meanwhile, at the end of the engagements, both the Monrovia City Government and Petty Traders’ Unions will sign a Memorandum of understanding and terms in the MOU will be fully implemented.