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Selling the rams the right way

Oct 27, 2011, 1:36 PM

This is always a busy time of the year, with Christmas and New Year celebrations just around the corner.

And on top of this, there is the Tobaski festival. So everybody has something to celebrate.

For the Muslims, the feast of Tobaski is a big affair, slaughtering the obligatory ram and sharing it with friends, relatives and well-wishers.

Now that the feast is just about two weeks away, traders are naturally anxious to dispose of their rams. And buyers cannot wait to get theirs.

Sometimes civil servants have to take loans to be able to get rams. There’s nothing bad in that.

What we have noticed is that some ram dealers are just roaming the streets in search of prospective buyers.

Apart from obstructing traffic, the rams could be run over by reckless motorists, which is a loss of income to the ram dealers.

Abuko has become known as the traditional centre within the Greater Banjul area where rams are sold and bought.

That is why, during Tobaski, Muslims who can afford it go down to Abuko to get their rams.

We cannot understand why the ram dealers are now roaming the streets.

Is it that they are no longer being patronised at Abuko? Or if that space is not enough let them be provided a more spacious ground.

The Kanifing Municipal Council (KMC) should step in, and look into the matter, and do something about it.

“No personal consideration should stand in the way of performing a public duty.”

Ulysses S. Grant