​Sierra Leone News: Citizens Welcome Lifting of Sunday Trading Ban…

​Citizens Welcome Lifting of Sunday Trading Ban…
By Ranger
When the Ebola virus invaded this country in 2014, leaving in its trail massive deaths, orphans, widows, stigmatization, economic dents, one of the other telling effects which emanated from the series of preventive measures instituted was the imposition of a ban on Sunday trading through a Presidential proclamation under the State of Emergency. Henceforth, it became prohibited for traders to engage in trading activities on Sunday and it was strictly mentioned that violators will be punished by law enforcement agencies, mainly the Police.
That proclamation was greeted with mixed reactions by the entire citizenry who looked at it from various perspectives. One school of thought argued that the prohibition falls within the ambit of the country’s colonial statutes and so it must be legally binding. They furthered that, morally, after trading from Monday to Saturday, traders should at least have one day, Sunday, in this instance to have time to spend with their families stressing it such that will foster good family ties and nurturing.
On the other hand, some viewed it on the flip side, saying it will cause an unnecessary burden on not only petty traders who are hiking a living but also on the bulk majority of consumers.
Good as it may be that the ban was apt at a time when the Ebola virus was ravaging the entire nation and one of the channels through which the virus was spread is body contact then it was not only timely but very much appropriate. With resolute dogged interventions by the Government and other relevant stakeholders at last we were successful in subduing the marauding Ebola virus. However, with time and for quite a considerable period of time now the Sunday ban still remains.
For many, the ban has been annoying causing a lot of discomfort. It is no secret that the bulk of petty traders wholly and solely depend on what they derive from daily sales in order to feed their families and take care of other responsibilities. Depriving them through the ban has become very burdensome and painful especially at a time like this when the country is going through austerity measures. This is all the more reason why even though the ban stands there are behind the scene business transactions.
For consumers, most have been going through tough times to buy what they can afford to consume especially easily accessing foodstuffs and other consumables.
As far as it is concerned, because of the present economic meltdown, it is not wise or suitable to prevent business people from engaging in economic transactions on Sunday. For all that is known the Sunday ban is no longer tenable and it is indeed a mockery of our stride to resuscitate our ailing economy. It was therefore welcome news that  the once famous Koindu International Market will soon be functional , to be opened on Sunday 19th March 2017, from which traders coming from Liberia , Guinea and Sierra Leone will converge to trade which will continue on various days including Sunday. We are expecting that the lifting of the Sunday ban on trading activities will follow suit countrywide.
 We cannot underestimate the revenue that will accrue through taxes generated from trading activities which are needed by Government. The Sunday trading ban should be lifted!

About Patric Foryoh

Patric Foryoh Daboh is a blogger, Political, social activist,a satirist and co-founder & Co Editor of Makoni Times Newspaper based in United States of America. He studied Multimedia in the United States.He has met and interviewed personalities including Former vice-president of Sierra Leone Alhaji Sam Sumana, late Tamba Sam SLPP Secretary General , Gloria Strasser , David Tam Mbayoh , Agibu Jalloh, Chernor Bah, Murtala Mohamed , Mohamed Kamarainba Mansaray, J. Arr, Nasser Ayoub, Alpha Timbo, Robin Farley, Bai Mahmoud, and many more. Patric has produced the "Diolog" show at the TPN radio and was the social media correspondent for TPN . He has appeared on numerous daily newspapers publication in Sierra Leone. He blogs at Sierra Leone one man civil society blog on relationship, sex, marriage, faith & culture, politics, religion. He was the programming manager at Mamba TV. Patric Foryoh was named as the 54 Most Influential People in Sierra Leone by Swit Salone.com Patric Foryoh represents the new wave of new voices in Sierra Leone/Africa media who are breaking boundaries and charting new territories. He is a husband and a father of a son and a daughter.

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