Clogged Drainage Causes Hardship for Red-Light Traders


A main gutter in the heart of the nation’s largest food market of Red-Light continues to cause hardship for hundreds of traders and commuters in Paynesville.

For the past two heavy downpours this month, commercial and private drivers and wheelbarrow hawkers were stranded in pools of dirty water at the market.

Owners of medium and small businesses at the market dump dirt into the gutters.

Another factor that has added to the misery is the infrequent collection of garbage and disposal by sanitation companies under the Urban waste management program of Paynesville and Monrovia.

Each time there is a heavy downpour, traders, commuters and vehicles of all kinds get stranded in the pools of dirty water for several hours.

However, minimal work was done by the government sometime this year on the main street at the Red-Light Market that leads to Kakata, Margibi County,.

But the drainages that should ensure the free flow of dirt and water remain unattended to and the situation continues to worsen.

Wheelbarrow peddlers are the most affected as they are always stranded in the dirty water for hours, while other vehicles negotiate to pass through the hundreds of petty traders in the market everyday.

As the dry season draws nearer, the offensive odor has begun to spread to the rest of the market.

In interviews with the Daily Observer over the weekend, the traders, drivers and wheelbarrow hawkers called on sanitation companies to increase the frequency of their garbage collection.

Mr. Cyrus B. Smith, 35, a retail textbook dealer, told the Daily Observer that until the drainages are fixed, flooding will continue at the Redlight Market.

“I think the repair of the main street has not had tangible impact on the garbage situation at the market,” Mr. Smith asserted.

Madam Martha K. Kemah, 55, a regular producer of water and potato greens, told the Daily Observer that on many occasions she spreads her greens near the drainages.

“Most of the time I put my greens near the dirty water and customers complain about the bad condition of our open drainages that host multiple air and water borne diseases,” Madam Kemah stressed.

Used shoes dealer Darlington B. Sackie, 40, told the Daily Observer that the drainages must be tackled to ensure the free flow of the dirty water and garbage at the Red-Light Market.

“The best thing the Liberian government could do about the drainage situation is to develop a sustainable mechanism that could address the challenges we face at this Red Light Market,” Mr. Sackie emphasized.

Mr. Allison J. Allen, 50, a Chinese flashlight dealer, told the Daily Observer that serious engineering work must be carried out on the clogged drainages in order to solve the problem at the Red-Light Market.

“I recommend that our Liberia Marketing Association must collaborate with our Ministry of Public Works to fix all clogged drainages at this Red-Light Market,” Mr. Allen stressed.


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