Traders of Freetown’s “Big Market’ were yesterday in a festive mood when the Ag. mayor of the Freetown City Council, Herbert George Williams, together with seven other councillors paid them a visit to identify their problems and sensitise them on the importance of paying taxes
Addressing traders at the market’s precinct, the new mayor reminded the traders about President Koroma’s stance on attitude change.
He said traders were expected to give preferential treatment to their customers and live up to their obligations and responsibilities by paying market dues and other taxes.
Herbert George Williams said the council depended heavily on the cooperation of traders by way of abiding by the rules and regulations, and paying market dues and other taxes for the development of the Freetown principality.
The Ag. mayor received a huge applause when he disclosed plans to award scholarships to traders’ children.
He said traders contributed immensely to the socio economic development of the country, and therefore their children deserved some form of compensation.
In his remarks the chairman of the traders’ union, Hassan Kamara, said they were overwhelmed by the Ag. Mayor’s visit and praised the Freetown City Council for providing suitable structures for traders to trade.