-According to MOU signed with MCC, to keep Monrovia orderly and clean
The Monrovia City Corporation (MCC) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Federation of Petty Traders and the Informal Workers’ Union of Liberia (FEPTIWUL) as part of an effort to ensure a smooth working relationship between the two entities.
The MOU will, among other things, ensure that petty traders are restricted to particular areas in the city of Monrovia while carrying out their businesses.
The MOU also called for the training of 25 FEPTIWUL members in solid waste management, and the training FEPTIWUL’s members to work as a task force along with the MCC police and the Liberia National Police in keeping the city clean.
Mr. Franco Grimes, chief of office staff of the Mayor, said Mayor Jefferson Koijee is concerned about the plight of petty traders and informal businesses and it, therefore, led to the MOU.
“Since the ascendancy of Mayor Koijee, he decided to approach issues confronting petty traders through dialogue and ensure that the MCC and the petty traders derive a workable solution in getting the streets of Monrovia clean, green and safe,” Mr. Grimes said.
Grimes said the officials of FEPTIWUL will be provided with an office space by the MCC to register their members from October 15 to December 15.
According to Mr. Grimes, only scratch card sellers, money exchangers, electronic material sellers, and boutique operators will be allowed to sell on Broad Street beginning November 1.
The city ordinance of Monrovia says every petty trader must register with US$20 before selling, but FEPTIWUL will take US$10 while the city government takes US$10.
The chairperson of the Federation of Petty Traders and the Informal Workers’ Union of Liberia (FEPTIWUL), Comfort Doryen said the MOU was not done in isolation, but with the overwhelming endorsement of petty traders after months their collective input.
Madam Doryen said it has been challenging in the past to have such an MOU with the backing of petty traders and the city government.
“I hope petty traders will respect this MOU, because it took us time. We didn’t go through this MOU in the absence of petty traders. Everyone was given the MOU through flyers and we must do our best to maintain the MOU,” she said.
Monrovia City Mayor Jefferson T. Koijee commended marketeers in the country for being the strongest partners in the developmental drive and economic recovery of the state.
“I walked in the streets creating awareness to solve the biggest issues confronting you people. We want to restore your dignity, because you are contributing to the economy of this country,” Koijee said.
He stressed that individuals violating the MOU will be dealt with in accordance with the law and not the entire organization.
“We will produce the ID cards for the organization because we have one of the best systems here. You are our employers and we are your employees, we will ensure nobody misrepresents you because we want every sector of the city institutionalized. Even when I am not here you will still function well,” he added.
The signing ceremony brought together representatives from the Liberia National Police, Liberia Labor Congress, Liberia Business Association, Liberia Marketing Association, Cities Alliance, Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of Commerce, Trade and Industries.