Sanity at Red Light

first_imgThe congested commercial district of Red Light has for the first time in ages gained sanity since becoming the convergence spot for marketers during the administration of former Liberian President, Charles Taylor. The cleaning of the area began on Friday, June 10, following a vigorous law enforcement exercise led by the Liberia National Police (LNP) upon request by Paynesville City Mayor, Cyvette Gibson. The police have a 90-day mandate to ensure that vendors and motorists comply with city regulations regarding the use of the road as well as maintaining the clean environment every day. Street vendors and others who have over the years been keeping the place filthy participated in the cleanup exercise. After times of encounter with police for selling on the road and keeping the area filthy, the vendors grouped themselves and began cleaning the filth disposed of on the main road, sweeping the rest of the areas and filling puddles with pieces of broken blocks and stones.The cleaning continued on Saturday with police warning the marketers not to bring their wares near the road or drop dirt on the sidewalk.“We sit in Liberia here and say Ghana is developed, but it is the Ghanaians themselves that developed their country. This is the same thing they did to develop Ghana; therefore we need to do the same if we can be like the Ghanaians,” a member of the crowd declared.The volunteers, who befriended the police following the harsh encounters, were also cleaning the market site. They therefore promised to keep the facility perpetually clean, without waiting on national government to come and clean it for them.“It is our business to clean it for our own safety. No dropping dirt, no selling on the road,” they were heard shouting, among other slogans they coined.Unlike the past when vehicles could hardly find space to maneuver or make way through the area, vehicles can now freely move without human interference.All vehicles heading outside of Monrovia now park far off from the road to provide space for others, and they do not have to spend hours any longer to enter or exit.Vehicles caught in violation of traffic laws are without compromise impounded and towed to the courtyard of SKD Sports Complex.Pedestrians have space to walk on the road without stepping or dodging goods, and people can now inhale fresh air without holding their noses to avoid the stench of garbage.Prior to the enforcement, the main road in Red Light leading to Kakata had been overwhelmed by garbage, while vehicles could not go to the Goba-Chop Market because of stockpiles of garbage blocking the paved road.Predicated upon filthiness of the commercial district, coupled with blockages caused by sellers, the Paynesville City Corporation (PCC) early last week ordered the removal of sellers from the road.Police officers were last Wednesday seen with rattans whipping stubborn vendors and breaking down their make-shift stalls. Since then, police presence has increased at Red Light as vendors are likely to return to the road with their usual attitude and behavior that poses health hazards to the residents.Even with this welcoming development unfolding at Red Light, one condition that remains challenging there is the unimproved parking lots created by the Federation of Road Transport Union of Liberia (FRTUL).Incorporated as the local transport union in Liberia since 1981, FRTUL has the social responsibility to build terminals for drivers and passengers in its operational areas, but has failed to do so despite numerous promises.It may be recalled that an official of the FRTUL, Joe S. Willie, said it is part of the entity’s responsibility to build terminals in the country for vehicles and passengers, but was still finding it difficult because of lack of adequate land space.Mr. Willie said the FRTUL Monrovia branch is contemplating building a terminal at the Omega site where the new Red Light market is to be relocated.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Man United will let Anthony Martial leave, but only if they sign World Cup star

first_img targets 2 targets United are keen to let him leave if they receive an offer in the region of £70 million and can snare long-term target Perisic.According to the Daily Mirror, Martial is keen on a return to the French capital with Paris Saint-Germain where his partner, Melanie De Cruz, has just given birth.The 22-year-old was allowed to leave the Red Devils’ pre-season tour to welcome his newborn son.Such is his desperation to move away, the former Monaco man is willing to stay in the Premier League, with London giants Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea reportedly interested. Latest Transfer News LATEST Anthony Martial will only be allowed to leave Manchester United if they can sign Ivan Perisic from Inter Milan.The France international, who missed out on his country’s World Cup triumph this summer, is desperate to leave Old Trafford in search of regular game time. Perisic was linked with a £40 million move to United last summer.But, after an impressive World Cup campaign in Russia, the 29-year-old’s value has sky-rocketed to £60 million. Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti REVEALED Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade However, his current club would prefer it if he moved away from England and have touted the possibility of selling the star to Bayern Munich and the aforementioned PSG. The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star RANKED Martial cpuld leave United this summer, but if only they bring in a top replacement Perisic scored in the semi-final and final of the World Cup as Croatia finished as runners-up to France Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January LIVING THE DREAM Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland 2 IN DEMAND Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ last_img read more