Garbage swallowing Ganta General Market

By; Solomon T. Gaye

There are fears in Ganta, the commercial city of Nimba County that if nothing is done immediately to remove a pile of garbage around the Ganta Market, the entire area would be surrounded by garbage.

At present, the garbage has piled up at the entrance of the market, something residents are concerned about because it poses serious health hazard in an area where people are selling diverse commodities.

Some of the residents are accusing the Superintendent of the market, which is strategically located in central Liberia, of doing nothing to improve the situation, as the garbage continues to swell on a daily basis.

They claimed that marketers pay LD 5.00 as ticket fees daily but she is not doing anything to protect the marketers, as the garbage is gradually taking over the market.

The residents said that because of the seriousness of the situation and the health hazard it poses the market is now referred to as “hold-your-nose” and pass.

Ganta General Market has the population of over 5,000 marketers. During a guided tour of the market in Ganta, it was discovered that where the garbage pile includes the area where fish and edible food stuffs are sold.

Efforts to get a word from the Superintendent Madam Marie Gbatu proved futile, as an aide in her office said she was out of town. The aide said she was not clothed with the authority to speak to the press.