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Quit Notice for Sani Abacha Street Traders in Sierra Leone

Quit Notice for Sani Abacha Street Traders in Sierra Leone

Sani Abacha Street, a popular and densely populated trading ground in the central business district of Freetown, is expected to be among main streets that will be cleared to maintain a free flow of vehicular and pedestrian traffic.

This latest development comes in the wake of plans reached at by the Sierra Leone Road Transport Authority (SLRTA) to clear major streets in Freetown that have been permanently occupied and littered by street traders.

The purpose of the exercise according to sources at SLRTA is to improve road safety and reduce traffic congestion in the capital.

This press has been reliably informed that the regulatory road safety body the SLRTA has requested the assistance of key stakeholders including the Sierra Leone Police, Metropolitan Officers and others to enforce this exercise.

Abacha Street as it is widely referred to is a notorious spot for street trading and youths of all tribes congregate there on a daily basis to display and sell different types of good and wares. Successive governments have tried and failed to rid the street of trading as the road is a main route that leads to the center of the city from the east and the provinces.

Abacha Street traders have always been reluctant to be evicted from that area, complaining of lack of appropriate trading centers that could serve as a replacement of their current marketing area. Pundits say that youths trading along the Sani Abacha Street are influential to a point that they can even dictate the pace of governance in this country.

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  • SLRA do not need police to remove these street traders, what SLRA needs is what it has already. The law which says “any Store Owner that allows squatters to occupy their business premises (front/ back view) would pay a fine or have their business license revoke.”

    12/05/2012

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