The National Secretary General of the United Indigenous Commercial and Petty Traders Association, Mark Mamoud Kalokoh has expressed his dismay in the manner in which the Freetown City Council is carrying out its street clearing operations within the city.
The Freetown City Council started the operation “Sweep the city Clean” from the west end of the city by demolishing illegal temporary structures erected by traders along the streets of Freetown. He went on to lament that the FCC should try as best as possible to confine their operations within the ambit of the law.
Speaking to Awoko press, the Secretary General made a humble appeal for the FCC to put its house in order first before thinking of clearing the traders off the streets of Freetown.
He said places like Peace Market at Ferry Junction, Clay Factory at Kissy and John Michael have been identified as market centres but traders cannot occupy those places now because there are no structures to house the traders. He said it is not the wish of traders to be doing business under rain and sun “we need infrastructural facilities in place now.” he added.
Mr. Kalokoh applauded the effort the FCC to maintain a clean city for the inhabitants of Freetown. He further pledged his association’s support to the FCC in that direction.
He however cautioned that in the course of the street clearing exercise any counter productive attempt to destroy or confiscate the goods of traders will not be treated lightly by the Association, as the association is there to seek the interest of its members.
At the moment the Traders Association is recommending a shift back from the street rather than clearing or sweeping the traders off the streets.
He called on all traders to register with the association so that they could be allocated to various market places that have been identified by government.