Gov’t Relocates Ma Juah Market

first_imgThe Government of Liberia through the Ministry of State for Presidential Affairs is informing the entire public and all marketers that it has begun the relocation of marketers of the old Ma Juah Market in Vai Town.The market is being relocated in the old Liberia Tractor Company (LIBTRACO) building opposite the Georgia Pattern United Methodist Church on Water Street, UN Drive.According to an Executive Mansion statement, the new site has been refurbished to include everything expected of all modern markets that were previously lacking at the old Ma Juah Market in Vai Town. The new location will be dedicated later this week.The previously occupied premises will undergo a massive demolition exercise beginning tomorrow, the statement said.Meanwhile, all marketers who have not relocated to the new facilities at the old LIBTRACO building are asked to do so with immediate effect to avoid any hindrance to the exercise.Upon hearing of this development yesterday, our Business and Economy Desk conducted an interview with some marketers at the Ma Juah Market and this is what they told the Daily Observer:“We are disappointed over the process as well as the environment designated for the relocation. Already we are about 600 to 700 marketers occupying the vicinity given them temporarily in the Vai Town area, but the old LIBTRACO Building being processed for them can house only between 200- 250 marketers.” The marketers also complained of a “poor drainage system” in the new marketplace.Besides the drains being small, the marketers said that during heavy downpour of rain, people have to wear boots to enter the new premises.  It is also no secret that during prolonged rainfall, the river overflows and runs through pipes that are connected to the building, thereby causing serious flooding and chaos.Mr. Bai S. Won-kulah, supervisor of the Ma Juah Market, who spoke to our Business Desk, said they are not against the development, even though a relocation process carries its own pains, losses and benefits.  But if the process must be welcomed by the beneficiaries, somewhere better should be set aside, not that place –the old LIBTRACO Building—because the relocation has its own negative impact on business people.According to him, the gathering of marketers in the Vai Town vicinity is a long story which began initially on an Easter Sunday in 2006, when their market tables were broken down by the police under the directive of Madam Munah Sieh-Brown, then Police Director.The market supervisor said the current space used at Ma-Juah Market now was a space used by truckers and also a parking lot for vehicles transporting people to Maryland and Sinoe Counties.  Upon negotiations made by President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, They were told that the venue would be used as a temporary market site.Being aware of the decision to allow them to use that space temporarily, said Mr. Won-kulah, it was difficult for the market administrators to carry out any major improvements.Since 2006, he added, it was on August 19, 2014 that he received a call to appear at the Executive Mansion for a meeting with the President and that meeting was attended by the Minister of Gender and Development and the Liberia Marketing Association president.  In that meeting, the President informed him that it was about time that the marketers leave the Vai Town location  since there was an outbreak of the Ebola virus in the country with Monrovia being the  epicenter.“I appealed to her to let the Ebola outbreak subside before finalizing her decision, taking into consideration that the majority of the marketers have taken loans from Access Bank and every loan has a timeframe attached for its repayment. I pleaded with her not to make the pronouncement soon so that it did not cause us more frustration,” he said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Championship round-up: Andre Gray nets first Burnley hat-trick, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink denied first QPR win

first_img Andre Gray Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink was denied a first win as QPR boss with Nahki Wells’ late goal snatching Huddersfield a 1-1 draw at Loftus Road.It was a tight match in west London and the three points looked to be sealed when the Hoops netted in the second half through Sebastian Polter.Wells then scored late on to deny the Dutch boss victory in his fifth attempt in charge of the Sky Bet Championship club.Andre Gray’s hat-trick helped Burnley to bounce back from a 3-0 Boxing Day defeat at Hull to beat Bristol City 4-0 at Turf Moor.The Clarets took a 2-0 lead before the break, with thanks to a double from record purchase Gray.The 24-year-old summer signing from Brentford, who made his Clarets debut against the Robins in August, took his tally to 13 goals in 19 appearances.He opened the scoring after a fast counter attack in the 37th minute, before adding another in first half stoppage time when he controlled well in the box before neatly dispatching.Scott Arfield added a third before Gray completed his hat-trick to confirm the three points for Sean Dyche’s men.Gray’s former club Brentford won their third match under new boss Dean Smith, with a 2-1 scoreline at Reading.Ryan Woods’ 25-yard effort rifled past goalkeeper Jonathan Bond before Garath McCleary drew the Royals level shortly before the hour mark after combining well in the box with Matej Vydra.Sergi Canos, who extended his stay on loan from Liverpool yesterday, put the Bees back in front with less than 20 minutes left on the clock, as he beat three players before firing home from the edge of the box. That strike made it back-to-back defeats for Reading under returning boss Brian McDermott and it got even worse as Michael Hector was dismissed for simulation late on, when the Reading man was shown a second yellow card.Jacques Maghoma’s second-half strike set Birmingham on their way to a 1-0 victory over MK Dons at St Andrew’s.Jordan Graham scored his first Wolves goal as they ended a three-game winless run.After good work by Benik Afobe, Graham reacted quickly after a scramble in the box, to finish past shot-stopper Stephen Henderson.Harry Lennon’s late own goal then sealed the three points for Kenny Jackett’s men at the Valley.Finally, Paul Gallagher’s goal helped Preston to all three points with a 1-0 win over Hull at Deepdale.Daniel Johnson’s well-crafted free-kick made its way to Gallagher, who fired home to hand Simon Grayson’s men a deserved lead, as they held on for the final 24 minutes.Elsewhere, earlier today, strugglers Bolton ended a 17-game winless run with a vital 1-0 victory over local rivals Blackburn and Middlesbrough will host Sheffield Wednesday later this evening. Monday’s Championship results in full:Bolton 1-0 Blackburn (12.30)Birmingham 1-0 MK DonsBurnley 4-0 Bristol CityCharlton 0-2 WolvesPreston 1-0 HullQueens Park Rangers 1-1 HuddersfieldReading 1-2 BrentfordMiddlesbrough 1-0 Sheffield Wednesday TUESDAY’S Championship fixtures:Brighton v IpswichCardiff v Nottingham ForestFulham v RotherhamLeeds v Derby 1last_img read more