In Sierra Leone, Sewa Grounds traders vow to die in shops
Apparently desperate traders at Sewa Grounds in Central Freetown have vowed to die in their shops if the Freetown City Council (FCC) dares to demolish their shops without refunding the monies they spent to construct their shops. They took the vow during a recent interview with this reporter.
Their vow followed a recent meeting with NASSIT during which they were informed that Sewa Grounds has been leased and that very soon the place will be closed and prohibited until the completion of a construction project to be undertaken there.
According to the disgruntled traders, they were shocked to receive such information which was confirmed to them by the Chief Administrator of FCC.
The traders recalled that about a year ago, FCC leased Sewa Grounds to them for Le1.5 million per trader for 10 years and that each of them spent no less than Le25 million to construct their stalls, lamenting that the Chief Administrator of FCC has told them that they will be compensated only Le9 million each for their shops, a situation which they describe as unfair to them.
The aggrieved traders are therefore calling on President Koroma to intervene and ensure that they receive adequate compensation for their shops.
By Abdulai Mento Kamara
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