Fish sellers in Luawa town in Kailahun district has appealed to the National Commission for Social Action (NaCSA) and other Non Governmental Organizations (NGOs) operating in the Kailahun district to assist them with cool room facilities to prevent their goods from perishing. The chairperson of the Fish Sellers Association Kailahun branch Isatu Bockarie made this appeal to the press in Kailahun town. She said that her membership is normally faced with embarrassment from their suppliers and customers simply because they are selling perishable commodities to them.
She described the plight of her association in Kailahun district as very frustrating, as they are most time exposed to embarrassment not only from their customers but their suppliers too, which she says was not their making but rather the lack of storage facilities to prevent their product from perishing.
She also said people in Kailahun district prefer buying fresh although the district lacks adequate cool room facilities to store them.
Isatu noted that the Association acknowledges the condition of bad roads leading to Kailahun district and called on stakeholders in the district to influence drivers plying the Kenema Kailahun road to minimize the cost of transportation. She disclosed that at the moment they are paying Le10.000 to transport a carton of fish from Kenema to Kailahun town. Adding that at times the vehicle spends days on the road especially at a place known as Tigo Spot, something, which she says, is imparting negatively on the quality of the product. She also called on the Local Council to intervene to remedy the problem as soon as possible.
Another fish seller Fatu Kamara a widow who usually shuttle between Kenema and Kailahun stated that she had spent years selling fish and called on the government to assist them as it is their only means of livelihood.