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Congo Market toilet turns self-contained house

January 19, 2018 By Elizabeth A. Kaine


One of the biggest markets in the western part of Freetown, Congo market has had three of its six toilet rooms transformed into a dwelling house by the caretaker because of ‘failure’ by the chairlady to pay him monthly wages.

Jackson Kamara told Concord Times that he is using the rooms as dwelling place because of the request by his employer to use it so as to ensure that the restroom can be properly managed.

“I have always been overseeing the place to collect Le1, 000 as user fees. The toilet needs a lot of improvement because the market is big and attract more customers,” he said.

He added that he is using the money collected to take good care of the toilets for the past five months.

He disclosed that he has been providing the Chairlady of the market, Chief Alimamy Fofanah,with  the sum of one hundred and twenty thousand Leones (Le12, 000) weekly for the purpose of cleaning the toilet, but to no avail.

According to him, it was only recently Chief Fofanah told him to give her one hundred thousand Leones, and asked him to use the remaining twenty thousand Leones as maintenance fee for the toilet.

“She threatened also that if I can’t hand the required amount, she will lock up the toilet. Because of this, I had to increase the user fees from its usual of five hundred Leones to one thousand Leones,” he said.

However, Chief Alimamy Fofanah told Concord Times that it was her idea for the caretaker to ensure the cleanliness of the toilet at all times.

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