The Monrovia City Corporation (MCC) concludes one week intensive training for over 25 taskforce members of the Federation of Petty Traders and Informal Workers’ Union of Liberia or FEPTIWUL.
The training amongst others focused on city ordinance, basic report writing and professionalism.
Addressing a news conference in Monrovia, MCC details that the training is the city government’s way of working in line with a recent Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed between the Monrovia City Corporation and the Federation of Petty Traders and Informal Workers’ Union of Liberia.
MCC commits itself to building the capacity of taskforce members recruited by FEPTIWUL, to enforce regulations on street selling.The City Corporation indicates the taskforce will also work collectively with the Monrovia City Police to ensure petty traders are restricted to certain areas in the city to carry on their businesses, noting that this is the first time in the country for a city government to form a joint taskforce with petty traders’ union to help promote a safe and healthy environment for all.
According to the MCC, only scratch card sellers, forex bureau operators, dealers of electronic gadgets, and boutique operators will be allowed to sell on Broad Street for three months before moving to other areas, beginning December 31, 2018.
In an effort to ensure smooth working relationship between petty traders and the municipal government of Monrovia, the city corporation on September 27, 2018, signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Federation of Petty Traders and the Informal Workers’ Union of Liberia.
Giving an overview of the collaboration, Franco Grimes, Chief of Staff in the office of Mayor Jefferson T. Koijee, says since the ascendency of the Mayor, he has always been concerned about the plights of petty traders and informal businesses in the city.
By Lewis S. Teh–Editing by Jonathan Browne