Marketers in the Rally Town Market on UN Drive in Monrovia yesterday complained about the deteriorating condition of the structure and the unhealthy environment in which they sell.
According to them, the area is not hygienic for their wellbeing and may lead to the outbreak of diseases such as malaria and cholera.
In an interview with the Daily Observer, Mrs. Cecelia Sloan, who sells outside the Rally Town Market, said, “I’m tired selling in such a situation where there are no structures to exhibit my items as I (have to) depend on my children to carry the market around.”
Mrs. Sloan added that it was very risky considering vehicles in the street that pose a danger to children.
“We pay dues every day but nothing is done to cater to the wellbeing of the marketers. They call us for meetings but marketing authorities don’t think about helping to clean the area,” said Sloan.
She called on the Liberia Marketing Association (LMA) headed by Madam Lusu Sloan to do something to improve the condition of the market area.
Madam Sloan said several appeals have been made to the present administration of LMA which have not yielded positive results.
“It seems as if the LMA officials have forgotten that human beings sell here, not animals. It is obvious that we are living in isolation because if we are not, we wouldn’t be treated like this,” she protested.
She acknowledged the effort of the Monrovia City Corporation (MCC), in trying to keep the area clean but said “more needs to done in the area.”
Another marketer who identified himself as Morris Johnson said, “The situation is affecting us; it seems that LMA has forgotten we are part of the LMA.”
He called on the Monrovia City Corporation and other sanitation companies to help clean the area.