Koki youth get political support

Efforts of the youth who clean and gut fish at the Koki fish market have been recognised by their member for Moresby South, Justin Tkatchenko.

The youth found their place in the recently opened fish market, by scaling and gutting fish for the market customers, who prefer this service.

Number of youth engaging in this has grown and has seen the market management step in to assist, by building two temporary sinks on the front jetty.

Tkatchenko today confirmed that he will upgrade the cleaning facility for them.

“We’re putting a big, full sized, stainless steel aluminium bench, with three galvanized taps. That will enable the boys to work in a clean, healthy safe environment.

“We will also be resealing the timber decking to ensure that the place is always kept clean and smart,” he said.

This service popped-up out of chance. But the member wants to see it more managed and controlled so that all customers have that service.

Two contractors have been engaged and all measurements are set.

This week, the youth will be moved to the back deck to allow for construction to commence in front.

Minister Tkatchenko said this service makes it convenient for customers.

“It’s a win-win situation, for the customers and for the youth,” he said.

He dismissed ideas that the fish by-product may be damaging to the environment.


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