Alcohol ban

Alcohol to be banned in settlements: MP

In a press briefing today, the Member for Moresby North-East, John Kaupa, said most of the problems experienced in his electorate were alcohol-related. Furthermore, following their recent NCDC Board meeting, he has realised that a majority of alcohol sales in the settlements were unlicensed, hence they were illegal.

“Starting off with Eight-Mile, three people lost their lives because of liquor. The NCDC liquor commission already put a ban on Eight-Mile, indefinite. And as per the last board meeting, the NCDC board also put a ban on all liquor sales in the settlement,” he stated.

Alcohol ban in effect in Madang

Madang PPC Ben Neneo says the town has been quiet and peaceful after the festive season and they will continue issuing the liquor ban notices to outlets in other parts of the province.

He also warned that any defaulters will be dealt with.

Police expect liquor license holders to respect the Provincial executive council’s decision, which was made for the common good for the people.

Last month the Provincial Executive Council passed a resolution to place a 5-year alcohol ban in the province.

A decision that has not gone down well with SP Brewery.

 

SP Brewery unhappy with alcohol ban decision

SP Brewery managing director, Stan Joyce, expressed the company’s disappointment over the decision.

“Our Company continues to invest in responsible consumption education and advocates effective licensing as mandated by the National Liquor Licensing Act. We also understand that Provincial Government has the powers to regulate the sale of alcohol. All we ask as a corporate citizen is for some communication with authorities which has been notably absent in this case,” stated Joyce.

No beer ban for NCD during festive period

NCD Police boss Ben Turi said that as usual, people will be allowed to have alcohol during their celebrations but they must be responsible.

Turi confirmed there will not be analcohol ban in order to cut down on black markets in settlements.

“Similar to last year, we allowed alcohol during the festive period and we didn’t experience any serious reports in relation to alcohol consumption.

“During Easter we also allowed alcohol to be taken but with respect to the community and people behaved so we commend the public.

Catholic Church demands alcohol sales ban

  CBC general secretary Father Victor Roche made this statement today after visiting victims of the pack rape that took place at Morata in the nation’s capital on New Year ’s Day.

“ I spoke with two of the victims yesterday. I don’t know why people would come and attack women like this for no reason at all.

“Alcohol is the cause for this and selling it in settlements will always cause problems,” said Roche.

He appealed to relatives of the victims to allow the law to take its course.