As garbage takes over Freetown Passengers stranded
Reports say, hundreds of passengers stranded at Waterloo Town in search of transportation due to the strict measures instituted by the Government through the Minister designate of Lands Country Planning and the Environment, Dr. Dennis Sandy that the cleaning which was scheduled by President Bio to end at around 12:00 noon extended to 4:00pm.
In a vox pop conducted by this medium during the national cleaning exercise at the Waterloo Lorry Park, hundreds of passengers who are mostly public & private workers, business people and visually impaired weren’t accessing commercial vehicles along the waterloo –Bombay route.
It could be recalled that the new government of His Excellency Retired Brigadier Julius Maada Bio announced a national cleaning day which falls on 5th May 2018 and causing thousands of passengers to be stranded in various national lorry parks after the original time that was announced by the central Government.
Speaking to a cross section of disappointed passengers, a business woman, Adama Jalloh said, many of them has been waiting in long queues after the stated time which supposed to have expired on 12; 00 noon.
“ I am very confused to hear that the time has been extended to 4:00 pm without informing the general public on the time line especially for residents Western Rural Areas of Waterloo, Rokel, Yams Farm, Hastings ,Grafton ,Regents and Jui community who are working in Freetown on a daily basis.
“Some of us want to go to town after 12:00 noon to clean our business communities and that we have already cleaned our homes we cannot wait for 4:00 pm, madam Jalloh affirmed.
Madam Adama Jalloh noted that, some of them cannot stay at home for two days because they are business people that engage in micro credits.
According to the distressed citizens, the unlawful extension of the cleaning time has cost them financially, socially, morally and physically challenged.
She appeal to the Government of Bio to continue addressing national issues with respect for the rule of law which many Sierra Leoneans, the rights to association and quality education under the era.
In another development at the Kissy Road via Starco Cinema, where various community youth organizations teamed up to overcome the pressure of the cleaning exercise with more piles of sewage from the Hill Tops and Mountain Cut Junction and Eastern Police Roundabout with pungent smells.
They appealed to the government and other concerned partners to set up a robust mechanism for future national cleaning to avoid a repeat of such ugly situations where citizens suffered so much to access commercial vehicles in the end of the propose.
By Alhassan Bangura
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