A huge stockpile of garbage has engulfed Rally Time Market in Central Monrovia, polluting the environment and surroundings of the market. There are fears among inhabitants in the area that if nothing is done to quickly remove the garbage, it might create serious health hazard for both marketers and customers.
In the wake of the presence of the garbage, dozens of marketers and visitors to the market are said to be at risk of being infected with diseases as a result of their constant transaction in the market overwhelmed by garbage. In the face of a serious threat of pollution in the area, some market women are observed to be eating cooked food near the garbage, potentially endangering their health.
Some marketers interviewed by our reporter on 23 October including Marie James, Theresa Toe and Sarah Blamo attributed the garbage problem to the alleged failure of the Monrovia City Corporation (MCC) trucks operators and sweepers to collect the garbage. MCC workers are said to currently be on a go-slow in demand of better incentives and working conditions. The marketers say there is nothing they could do about the situation because of the lack of free space to transfer the garbage.
They alleged that despite the devastating garbage situation, authorities at both the MCC and the Liberia Marketing Association (LMA) continue to collect table and garbage fees from them. The two entities, MCC and the LMA have since termed the allegation of the marketers as false, misleading and untrue.
By Emmanuel Mondaye–Edited by Winston W. Parley