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Victoria Park Sellers Convene a Meeting

Victoria Park Sellers Convene a Meeting

Various market sellers on Sewa grounds at the Victoria Park convened a meeting  on Tuesday 3rd December, 2009 ahead of the opening of the new market constructed by the Freetown City Council. Speaking at the meeting, the various Trader’s Union heads have chatted the way forward by sounding the opinion of their members as to what would be the payment of each store per year.

In a group discussion held among the various market sellers and stakeholders, the market sellers after series of debates among members have unanimously agreed on Le 500,000 as payment for each store per year to the City Council. According to a key speaker who prefers anonymity told the Sierra Express Media that they are working in solidarity to ensure that trade union thrives in Sierra Leone. He admonished his colleagues’ trade members to work hand in hand to urge government to look in to matters affecting traders in the country. They also called on government through the Freetown City Council and other stakeholders to construct another market by the end of next year to ease accommodation problem of traders.

Voices of the various member groups expressed that as traders, they should not be seen meddling with active politics but to satisfy the consumer needs of customers as they are not politicians but business people. They strongly advised one another that politics should be taken out of business; and that their own politics is to cajole and influence policy makers to seek their interest. Upon resolving on the Le 500,000 instead of 3 Million Leones as a rent fee for each store, trade members intimated to this press that Council has resolved to commission the Victoria Park Market around the 17th of January, 2010. Thus, all trade union members must put hands on deck to see that this decision works in their favour; and if all efforts fail, they would definitely take the matter with the president H.E Ernest Bai Koroma to intervene, they took counsel to themselves.      

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