The then abandoned State House building, which was an eyesore, saw hundreds of women largely business people yesterday cleaning and brushing the Byzantine seat of power, mostly using their bare hands.
The women said it was out of the love they had for the newly elected president who, they noted, must occupy and work in a clean environment.
State House security said they were surprised to have seen the women in their APC party colours holding brooms and shovels poised to clean the seat of state.
The president’s senior driver said the State House was a place occupied by a president, so the best hygienic treatment should be in place and should not resemble a dustbin.
He said they too were surprised to have seen the women at 7am demanding to undertake the cleaning exercise.
Mabinty Sankoh, one of the women’s leader from Susan’s Bay, explained to Awoko that, “we love our leader and our party that is why we have come here for this cleaning exercise and we are going to continue it.”
The chairlady from Susan’s Bay, Fatmata Kanu, stated that, “we thought of this idea to clean this House where our Papa is sitting and we do not want him to come and see filth.”
Meanwhile Zainab Sesay, a representative from the Abacha Street traders, said they took up that initiative to remind the president of the plight they were going through.
She noted that if the government should construct a market for them, nobody would tell them to leave the streets.
Awoko observed life returning to the country’s first and most respected office, and the market women are determined to carry on the cleaning and brushing of State House on Saturday.