An article published on Friday, 5th May, is incorrect.
In a statement released by the office of the NCD Governor, it was announced that since the opening of Koki market last year, the ban would only be partially lifted.
“We also have not allowed betelnut to be sold everywhere in the city as reported by the local daily.”
The statement also mentioned that the revised strategy is to only allow regulated sale on a wholesale and retail basis that is to be sold at approved locations in the city.
“There have been some locations identified already and have been officially designated as vending sites. Our management is also in the process of identifying new locations. Announcement has been made in the past and others will be announced later when locations are identified and confirmed,” the statement reads.
The revised strategy will also include spraying and cleaning the roads and surrounding walls of betelnut spittle. This will be rolled out soon when the cleaning products are in the country.
“It's a shame for us to have to do this cleanup of our own filth but some of our people are still letting us down. I wish people learn to chew responsibly.”
Despite what critics say, the city is much better now due to the ban and there was never a promise about an overnight success but a journey through the new law.
“And we are getting there. Behaviour and habits take time to change but we will surely get there. Change is inevitable.”
This new strategy is an opportunity for everyone to show that they care for the city, their health, their image and their city as a national capital and as the face of PNG.
“Let us take ownership and responsibility for its wellbeing so it can give us a foundation for a better future,” says the Governor.
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