Information officer of the Bo West Police Station has said that traders who trade at the Center Business District ( CBD) at Bonjon street, Fenton Road, Mahei Boima Road (Sengeh)
and other places should look for a place in various markets to do their business.
Alhaji Osman Mansaray said police has a responsibility to protect lives and property. He added that festive season is fast approaching and the lives of people is important to police.
Mansaray said more people will be going to Bo, noting that traders have congested the road as they are embarking on Street trader while Driver’s and Okada riders leave Vehicles and motor bikes on the road and go about their business making it difficult for the free flow of traffic.
Police Constable Alhaji Osman Mansaray informed that Police will not allow such to happen as Police has deployed personnel at Bonjon street and other areas to ensure there is no street trading before, during and after the festive season.
He said the police have received complaint from the public alot especially the traders. He said the have collaborated with Civil society, Sierra Leone Road Safety Authority (SLRSA), the Bo City council, Traders Union, Drivers Union and other stakeholders to put a stop to street trading and also parking of vehicles leaving them at CBD areas.
” We don’t want the public to look police as bad people. We are working in the interest of the country and the people. The Police want everybody to support the iniciative”, Alhaji Mansaray said.
Information officer disclosed that the gargbge which is usually deposited on Fenton should is giving few hours for it to be cleared daily.
” We want everyone at this time to take his/ her responsibility. The Police is in charge of internal security. We have seen it necessary that the CBD should be free” he said.
Street trading he said is not accepted in other countries, adding that the SLP will not allow it to happen in Sierra Leone.
He said the Inspector General of Police, William Fayia Sellu is against lawlessness and the Police will continue to enforce the law within their mandate.
This latest move by the police in Bo have been applauded by the public saying it is the right move at the right time, adding that the AIG Southern Region, Arnold Hancils has started well as be has been recently transferred to the South as Police Commander.
Before now traders have left the market trading on the road which many people in Bo have condemned.