But with the immediate action by the LNP, the marketers of Red-Light have again found a new market site at the View Point Entertainment Center on the Japan Freeway, formerly Somalia Drive, a stone throw from the main Red Light area. The decision of the marketers came after the intimidation by the Liberia National Police (LNP) a week agoSpeaking to several of the marketers on Tuesday, June 21, 2022, they explained reasons behind their refusal to relocate to the newly constructed market built by President George Manneh Weah.
According to them, the delay is due to the poor facilities provided by the GoL including, inadequate space to accommodate all of them, poor road connectivity, something which according to them, hampers buyers to move freely in the market building, lack of electricity.
Madam Esther Kollie, one of the many marketers, narrated how she found it terribly difficult to get a spot at the Omega Market couple with the snail pace of buying, especially with some of the marketers remaining in Red Light.
She wants the government to make frantic efforts to tackle this age-old problem which the past government officials failed to correct.
Also in conversation with Mabudu K. Sirleaf, one of the peddlers, he cited similar reason, stating that the Omega Market is not up to standard to accommodate all of them.
The petty businessman blamed the government for putting them in serious predicament with some police officers and some members of the Liberia Marketing Association (LMA) who allegedly extort money from them.
“This is so bad for us. They must stop the extortion as we are struggling to survive; as we continue to combat poverty in Liberia,” said the Liberian businessman.
In line with the removal of the Marketers from Red-Light market, many drivers have also expressed their grievances over what they termed as the untimely decision taken by the government through the police.
Amos L. Kamara, the spokesman of the Driver Association of Paynesville, said the government provided a land space for parking lot in Omega market, but the driver union’s president has not effected that decision by speedily putting in proper measures, and as such, things are out of order.
Mr. Kamara then called on the government to help put in proper measures for them to get a strategic parking lot in Red-Light Market or Omega so that they will carry out their normal transport activities.