Despite under going surgical operation in earlier 2000, a young Liberian who hails from Lofa County, Daniel Mulbah said the prevailing economic burden and hardship in the country has pushed him into selling ice cream in Monrovia and its environs on commission basis against Doctor’s advice not to do strenuous work.
‘I was forced to leave the selling of water in container with the wheel commonly known as “push- push” that used to sustain me and my family members following a stomach surgery in earlier 2000 based on doctor’s instruction, but the short time I sat home life was becoming unbearable for me and the family so I decided to disregard the doctor’s instruction and began to sell Ice Cream for a company- “Quench Your Thirst International” with headquarters on Camp Johnson Road only to win daily bread.
Speaking Thursday to the In Profile Daily in Central Monrovia while going about his normal business routine, although Mulbah acknowledged the risk involved in the sort of job he is doing, he had no other alternative as sitting home doing nothing would have adverse consequences on him and his family.
Mulbah, father of two, is a resident of the Chicken – soup Factory Community, disclosed that he got the Ice Cream contract in 2009, under an agreement to deduct 20LD from every 100Ld worth of ice cream sold per day. He said he sells a cup or crumb of ice cream for 15LD.
According to Mulbah, during the rainy season his movement and sale are hampered thereby subsequently reducing his commission, a situation that affects his efforts aimed at generating income to meet the daily needs of his family.
“During the rainy season, I am constrained to credit money from the management of the company and friends only to put food on the table for my family and meet other domestic needs”, he added.
Meanwhile, the ice cream seller is calling on the Government of Liberia to adopt a policy that will compel employers to respect workers’ rights, dignity and welfare.
Mr. Mulbah indicated that although he has never been abused by the Management of Quench My Thirst International, some petty traders are complaining that their employers are in the constant habit of violating their rights and dignity and threatening them with dismissal when they (traders) dare speak for their rights.
He noted that when National Government adopts such policy, employers would desist from abusing the rights and dignity of their workers.