The Ministry of Public Works between 2nd to 12th July 2021 removed a whopping 5,260 cubic meters of garbage from the Red light area and it’s surrounding as work continues to relocate marketers to the Omega and Gobarchop areas.
This has been a collaborative effort of other relevant government stakeholders: Ministry of Internal Affairs, the Monrovia City Corporation (MCC), the Paynesville City Corporation, (PCC) including RoadCRoad CICO, the Security Sector amongst others.
Acting Minister Ruth Coker Collins lauded citizens for their support during the efforts and revealed an expected filling of several places along the Omega Market area as eminent. ‘Several truck loads of rocks and dirt are expected to filled in swampy communities and other places cluster by mud,’ Minister Collins said.
Garbage from as far as Coca Cola Factory towards the ELWA junction side were collected to give room for the commencement of a four lean road that will see smooth return of tragic in what was a congested area.
Minister Collins particularly thanked the Liberia Marketing Association, the Federation of Road Transport Union of Liberia (FRTUL) and the Petit Traders Association, etc for according the MoPW all of the needed assistance to fast track the cleaning exercise and commencing the road work.
‘During the Consultations, modalities for the relocation of the Red-Light Market to the Omega Market premises were discussed and common understanding reached on necessary steps to be undertaken by each institution to allow for the smooth relocation of the market on July 12, 2021. The Ministry of Public Works is thankful to all institutions involved for a fantastic collaborative effort in meeting this target,’ a statement said Thursday in Monrovia.
It continued ‘It is well known that the presence of the garbage, apart from rendering very poor sanitary condition around the affected areas along the project road, also contributed to the huge buildup of congestion as both vehicular and pedestrian traffic competed for the use of the drastically reduced roadway, which was partly occupied by garbage.’
Marketers, on the other hand, within 500m of either side of the Red-Light intersection fully occupied the roadway for the sale of their merchandise which adversely affected the planned progress of the road construction activities including pedestrian bridge todto be built etc.
The latest action is expected to create a smooth flow of activities and have the road work go on unhindered.