Vice President Calls For Calm; Wants Meeting With Leaderships Of Sidewalk Sellers

Tuesday, 31st January 2006
Monrovia, Liberia - The Vice President Joseph Nyuma Boakai is calling for an orderly and peaceful approach to the on-going relocation of marketers and ‘Yana Boys’ from the sidewalks of Monrovia.

Addressing a press conference at his office Tuesday, Vice President Boakai regretted the violent confrontation between sidewalk sellers and police in Vai Town Tuesday morning which almost paralyzed the normal flow of traffic in the area.

He said while President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf wants to see order and sanity restored on the streets of Monrovia, Government cannot condone any street confrontation that could paralyze activities in the city.

Vice President Boakai said Government has a long range plan for relocating  street sellers, and called on youths to demonstrate the same level of cooperation they showed during the inauguration which led to the free movement of local and international guests in the city.

Mr. Joseph Boakai told sidewalk sellers that he understood the harsh economic conditions in the country, but that it was also important to respect the rule of law.

The Liberian Vice President invited the leaders of the ‘Yana Boys’ and Wheelbarrow Association to immediately contact his office to concretize plans to find alternatives to the problem.