Liberian leaders have acknowledged the role of marketers as very important to the survival of the country, noting that the nation “cannot survive without the marketers.” Attending the launch of the Henry Yallah Unification Market in Mount Barclay, Montserrado County during the weekend, President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf said, if marketers don’t have “enough of things on the markets, then the prices will go up.”
“And this is an example of the things you do all over the country. The market women, the role they play, the things they do, the courage they have and sometimes the difficulties they face, so we owe a lot to you for things that you do to be able to keep food on our table,” said President Sirleaf.
Commending the man after whom the market is named, Bong County Senator Henry Yallah, President Sirleaf said, sometimes it takes a person of commitment and caring to be the first to do something even if they see it to be beyond themselves.
She subsequently made an initial contribution of US$1,000 and assured the market women that she will visit there “from time to time” to see the progress made on the project and to further give them her support to afford them a better place. Launching the Henry Yallah Unification Market on Friday, December 12, Senate Pro-tempore Gbezhongar Findley said, “our country cannot survive without the marketers.”
“It is not possible. So their role in our community, in our society is very important. So we want to wish you the best of luck and we ask for blessing upon you as you come to serve the people of Liberia,” Senator Findley said, making a contribution of US$500. For his part, Bong County Senator Henry Yallah said, “This place is for all Liberians…like the President said, it is a vision that’s beyond us.”
The Henry Yallah Unification Market Acting Board Chairperson, Madam GeneverKoffa, appreciated Senator Yallah for responding to their request to have a market. She said the new site would help decongest Redlight, Duala, Waterside, and other overcrowded markets, particularly in Monrovia where she noted, marketers have faced challenges with mounting of garbage.
But she said “all” sellers at Redlight, Gobachor, Duala and Waterside may not necessarily leave their selling places to relocate at the Henry Yallah market in Mount Barclay, except for those who do not have selling tables. “Bringing this market here doesn’t mean the markets in town will break down”,Madam Koffa said, adding, that it was intended to help a free flow of traffic, reduce waste along the route and prevent Ebola infection among marketers.
“Madam President, we call you here today… for your market women to see you, and so you can see them, and so you can be able to put another building here for your marketers,” she told the President. Montserrado County electoral district #1 Representative, Josephine Francis, expressed hope that the market would bring more inhabitants to the community.