March 9, 2021
By Aaron Bundu Lahai-Head of Media & Public Relations
The Honourable Vice President of Sierra Leone Dr. Mohamed Juldeh Jalloh has revealed plans by President Julius Maada Bio to construct modern market for traders who sell on the main road along Tombo Junction to Five-Five in Waterloo. Speaking to audience at the Waterloo Rural District Council Hall in Waterloo, the Vice President disclosed that he and other Ministers were in Waterloo to meet with stakeholders of the district and map out ways to actualize the plans of President Bio. Explaining on the reasons for the construction of the market, Vice President Jalloh told the audience that Government is constructing the market with the aim of relocating traders who sell along the busy highway leading to the provinces. The Vice President made the disclosure on Thursday 4th March, 2021.
Dr. Jalloh stated: the unhealthy condition under which traders sell, most marketers selling on the road, and the geography of the road in case there is a problem on a vehicle that will be fatal as some of the other reasons for the construction of the market. He disclosed that the market when constructed will be spacious with water and toilet facilities.
The Honourable Vice President informed the audience about the composition of a technical committee headed by the Minister of Planning and Economic Development, including the Council Chairman and other stakeholders in the district, and traders. The essence of the technical committee is to ensure that the committee collaborate on the land identification and allocation, construction plan, monitoring and supervision of the construction work, Vice President Jalloh said. He explained that the inclusion of traders’ representative on the technical committee is to ensure that the traders’ representative inform the general membership of traders and marketers on activities of the construction project.
The plans to construct the market by the Government of President Bio demonstrates care and concern for the people of Waterloo, Dr. Jalloh reiterated. Vice President Jalloh furthered that the presence of high power delegation sent by President Bio shows President Bio’s recognition of the relevance of Waterloo. He concluded that the construction of the modern market marks the beginning of the transformation of Waterloo into a city.
The Chairman of Waterloo District Council Cashor Holland Cole Applauded the New Direction Government for the plans to construct the market. He noted that the construction of the market has been the dream of the council, but the dream could not actualized due to the high cost involved. Chairman Cole appealed to Vice President Jalloh for the upgrading of Waterloo to City status, considering the population size of the district.