This is based on our keen surveillance that the trading of stolen phones other electronic devices in Monrovia and its environs has completely turned out to be a major occupation for dozens of young people.
Many of these young people, with absolutely no basic training or education that would set the basis for gainful employment opportunity either in government or in the private sector, we still notice, have chosen the trade as a career or lifetime employment.
With no regard for government security personnel, the so-called young traders, we further notice, continue to openly market their phones as if their criminal act was sanctioned by the GoL. They, without fear, buy stolen phones from phones’ snatchers and sell them to individual buyer during broad day light.
In some instances, the so-called phone sellers and snatchers engage in heavy street fight, obstruct traffic, thereby causing complete embarrassment for business people, pedestrians, moving vehicles and offices.
Sometimes, the criminal act of the young, but unskilled phone snatchers and sellers, in many cases, is carried out in the presence of law enforcement officers, including personnel of the Liberia National Police (LNP).
Not only that the wicked act of the cell phones sellers and snatchers had and continues to cause embracement to the people and paralyze street movement, it has also created problems for cell phones’ carriers who are often troubled by the deviant behavior of the cash driven, but unprofessional young traders.
Honestly, it is becoming increasingly expedient that the GoL urgently takes every necessary action to address this ugly situation, which is very much an embarrassment to the business houses, offices, pedestrians and residents of the areas.
Against this backdrop, we again recommend that the GoL via its relevant ministries and agencies enhance its empowerment opportunity.
We believe that enhanced empowerment program will give the young traders the opportunity to make advancement in life and do away with the illegal and unwarranted street business, which had and continues to cause more trouble not only for dwellers of the affected streets, but also offices, business houses, pedestrians as well as moving vehicles.