Presidential Task Force Refutes Land sale Allegation at Omega -Advises Store Owners to Also Brace for Relocation

By: Stephen G. Fellajuah

The Presidential Task Force for the relocation of Red Light market has refuted reports of being involved in the sale of plots of land to marketers at the Omega Market areas where marketers were recently relocated from the commercial hub of Red Light.

Mayor Jefferson T. Koijee, the Co-chairperson of the Presidential Task Force who spoke at a press conference Thursday, September 9, also advised store owners to prepare themselves for relocation to give way for the development of the Red-light Community.

Regarding the land sale allegation, Mr. Koijee said at no time the Taskforce has sold spots of land or tables to any marketer as alleged by those he called evil geniuses.

“Let me make it very clear here, that the Taskforce is not selling land or market tables to anybody”, he clarified, and suspended collection of table fees from marketers for the period of ninety days. He said the resumption of table fees collection at the market will be contingent on notice from the Presidential Taskforce.

He warned that individuals involved in the selling spots or tables to the struggling marketers to desist as the Liberian government through the Taskforce is working tirelessly to improve the market environment at Omega through the construction of extra market facilities.

Koijee, also sent a caveat to marketers who are still selling at the Red Light market, indicating that the Taskforce will not compromise the enforcement of relocating marketers. He therefore called on all marketers to abide by the government’s regulation for their relocation to Omega.

The Monrovia City Mayor serving as the Co-chair for the Presidential Taskforce for the relocation of the Marketers also warned store owners against allowing marketers to sell before their stores.

He said the action by store owners to host marketers at the front of their businesses is undermining the progress of relocating them, cautioning that store owners should as well stop retailing.

Mr. Koijee added that store owners should start bracing themselves for relocation at Omega market. Subsequently, adding that stores will be relocated to Omega to give way for the greater development of the Red-light community.

In order to address the chronic traffic chaos and other challenges occasioned by the Red Light Market location, President George Weah at the dedication of the market last year pleaded with marketers to make use of the newly constructed 14 Gobachop Market complex.

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