Acting Public Works Minister Ruth Coker-Collins has issued additional warning for the relocation of marketers as the Government of Liberia undertakes the demolitions in the Red Light market area beginning Monday, July 12, 2021.
The marketers at the Red Light have been repeatedly asked to relocate to the already constructed 14 Gobachop Market within the Omega community and Gobachev in Paynesville to no avail.
At a final meeting with heads of the marketers early during the week, the Acting Minister made it known that the Public Works Ministry is collaborating with market leaderships for a smooth transition including clearing of alley ways for vehicular movements to and from the new location.
Internal Affairs Minister Varney A. Sirleaf was also in attendance at the meeting with the leadership of Red Light market headed by President Mary S. Walace and McClain Jallah, President of 14 Gobachev Market in Omega.
The Internal Affairs Minister went on to encourage all marketers to cooperate fully with the relocation process under supervision of the existing leaderships in Red Light and Gobachop, as well as the Municipal Government of Paynesville.
During the meeting, the two Market Presidents agreed to be relocated effective immediately, with a deadline for the relocation set for Sunday, July 11, 2021.
The Red Light President used the occasion to call for relocation of all smaller adjacent markets including the Coal Field and Pipeline areas.
Meanwhile, the Acting Public Works Minister led several government officials including Monrovia City Mayor Jefferson Koijee, and that of the head of Paynesville City Corporation, at the Gobachev market to assess work on the market project and remove the heap of garbage ahead of the inspection visit of President George Weah on the same day.
Prior to the President’s arrival, Acting Public Works Minister Collins during a tour at the newly constructed market in Omega community told the media that the visit was intended to assess the project and see the readiness of the structure for quick relocation of marketers.
“We’re here today to monitor this project and how soon our people can move in. This we think will create easy access to market women bringing their produce from other counties,” Minister Collins explained.
When dedicating the 14 Gobachop Market in October 2020, President Weah said it was through the support of taxpayers in Liberia that government was successful in completing the US$3.8 Million fully sponsored Japanese project.
The President informed the marketers that the 14 Gorbachop Market is fully equipped with modern facilities to meet their comfort, convenience and safety.
President Weah admonished those responsible for managing the facility to keep it clean and well-maintained, so that its image will properly represent them.
The President averred that he saw the market as a dream come true and promise made not only for him, but for marketers and a promise kept.
President Weah continued that his statement was based on requests from marketers to construct a bigger market with wider space, immediately when he took office.
Weah said the construction of such a structure will prevent marketers from selling in the streets, sun and under rain.
For his part, Pepci Quiwu Yeke, Executive Director of Liberia Agency for Community Empowerment (LACE), praised President Weah for always having the passion to develop market facilities in Liberia, most of which he said are visible. Yeke said the market is expected to benefit over 1, 200 marketers across Liberia.