The Chief Secretary to Government, Amb Isaac Lupari, has recently written to the National Capital District Commission, requesting the removal of all sellers along the roads opposite and behind the Central Government Office complex, at Waigani.
In a letter to NCD City Manager, Bernard Kipit, he said sellers along the Kumul Avenue that sell goods along the road leading to the Telikom Rumana Building including the Melanesian Way near the CGO Complex, must not be allowed to carry out any small & medium enterprise activities in the area.
“These activities attract people crowding each day and for obvious security and health reasons, they must be stopped immediately.
“The security of our national leaders coming here to attend very important meetings with the Prime Minister, the Chief Secretary to Government and the National Executive Council, must not be compromised by these activities,” Lupari said.
He said concerns have been raised on the matter hence; it is the responsibility of the NCDC to ensure this is addressed immediately.
“From the health perspective and for the clean environment, piles of rubbish and other stuff getting disposed everywhere is an eyesore and not a pleasant sight to constantly see, betel nut husks and spittle, plastics bag and packets, soft drink bottles and cans and cigarette butts, everywhere.
“While I understand that it is not the sellers littering, they are equally responsible for contributing to the habitual buyers and their littering,” Lupari said.
He said the sellers must be removed permanently as soon as possible and no one must be allowed to sell along these roadsides, again.
“The Central Government Office area must reflect cleanliness and safety on first impression to all visitors to Port Moresby, to people of other nationalities living here and even to our own people,” Lupari said.
He further requested the NCDC’s utmost cooperation, understanding and prompt action on the matter raised.