To Abolish Street Trading in Sierra Leone: Makeni City Council and RTA Launch Operation WID
Stakeholders, including the Sierra Leone Traders Union in Makeni, the Road Transport Authority, Makeni City Council and the Bike Riders Union, have launched Operation WID in Makeni, Bombali district.
Speaking at the ceremony, the Resident Minister North, Hon. Alie D. Kamara commended President Ernest Bai Koroma for the good initiative which he said is another aspect of the Agenda for Prosperity and thanked the Makeni City Council and other stakeholders for their tremendous support to decongest streets of Makeni, and eventually end street trading in Sierra Leone.
The Chief Administrator of the Makeni City Council, Alhaji Bangura said the launching of Operation WID in Makeni is to adhere to the president’s call of ensuring that street trading becomes a thing of the past and ensuring that vehicles move freely to and from one destination to the other.
He added that they are working in collaboration with RTA, BRU, SLTU and other stakeholders to ensure that maximum cooperation among various groups. He said they have already sensitized the people of Makeni about Operation WID and are cooperating with them.
The Vehicles Examiner of Road Transport Authority in Makeni, Francis K Morovia, thanked the Mayor, Her Worship Madam Sonkarie, the Bike Riders Union, Traders Union and the youths for their cooperation during the launching of Operation WID, a development he said that is geared towards scaling down lawlessness and adopting a zero tolerance on fatal accidents.
Mr. Monrovia called on the bike riders and drivers to comply with the SLRTA regulations and to always use their safety gears.
Also speaking at the ceremony was Mr. Bangura, Senior Supervisor of the Traffic Wardens in the North East division of Makeni. He maintained that Bike Riders and Drivers Union are growing rapidly, but some of their members do not abide to the traffic rules and regulations governing road safety and he implored all stakeholders to put hands on deck in order to improve road management.
By Benedict Joseph Pratt and Nelson Adebayor Johnson
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