The United Park Sellers Association at Sewa Grounds on Monday met with the Mayor of Freetown City Council (FCC) Herbert George Williams to discuss the way forward for traders in the country.
Secretary General of the association Ibrahim Koroma, who led the delegation, said that the meeting with the Mayor was for them to render their support and commitment to the FCC.
He added that, his association has supported the council by selling of local taxes, paying of shop dues, market dues and fulfilling their obligations by cleaning where they are selling.
Mr Koroma disclosed that his organization is made up of over 300 members, adding that “we are willing and ready to work with the Mayor to fulfill his dreams”.
In his response, Mayor George Williams said that he appreciates the gesture and that he was ready to work with them.
He added that, if we have cooperation among ourselves there are proposals from people to build eight storey building market at Sewa Grounds, and another market at King Jimmy.
He pointed out that past Friday he walked on foot up to Kissy Road where he had mixed reaction with the traders selling on the streets, stating that it was unsightly for investors to see market stalls and plenty of people selling on the streets.
The Mayor said “I have the determination to work – within six months I raised 3billion Leones and from September to December I have projected to raise 2.6 billion Leones”.
On the 15th September, he said, checkpoints will be mounted in the city for people who failed to buy their local taxes and then on the 18th are for scrap cars parked on the streets.
Mr Williams further informed them that there are also plans to increase the prices of market dues and store dues.
He encouraged them to be visiting him on a regular basis, assuring them that his doors are always open for new ideas that will lead to the development of the country
By Abibatu Kamara