Freetown, SIERRA L;EONE – Traders at Konomani Lorry Park in Koidu City, are pleading for urgent action to address the dire lack of proper toilet facilities, which has led to rampant open defecation, creating an unsanitary environment for traders and passengers alike.
Tamba Fengai, a trader at the park, highlighted the longstanding issue of inadequate toilet facilities, emphasizing the prevalent open defecation, especially during the bustling Lumah trade event. The absence of proper sanitation facilities has forced individuals to resort to using containers, exacerbating the unhygienic conditions.
Despite previous efforts, including contributions from Honourable Emerson Lamina and others for a toilet facility, the situation has not improved. The traders’ appeal to the government and local authorities over the past five years have yielded little to no significant action, leaving the sanitation crisis unresolved.
Madam Isata Kakay echoed the sentiments, particularly emphasizing the challenges faced by women due to the limited and distant toilet facilities. She recounted instances of embarrassment and inconvenience, further underscoring the urgent need for intervention to ensure the well-being of all users of the lorry park.
The traders collectively called for immediate action to construct new, well-maintained toilet facilities at Konomany Lorry Park. They urged the central government, city council, and compassionate citizens to intervene, emphasizing the importance of improving hygiene and sanitation for the health and dignity of everyone utilizing the facility. PSN/12/2/2024