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Papua New Guinea

Call to stop street vending

BY RIODAN BEGUSHAR

rbegushar@spp.com.pg

LAE residents are supporting the call of the city authorities and leaders to stop street vending and late night operation of liquor outlets in the city following the death of a Butibam youth last Saturday.

City residents want the authorities to enforce their call to ban street vending of especially beetle nut, smoke and liquor outlets at the bus stops and streets of the city.

Frustrated resident James Kila told the Post-Courier that Lae is the second largest city of the country and city authorities are failing to regulate liquor outlets and street vending activities.

“We had this going on at top town and the market area where street vending has been going out of end for the last couple of months and now we have a situation on hand that is making us (the residents) feel uncomfortable at the moment to move around,” he said.

Mr Kila said he is supporting the call of the authorities to cease the street selling activities.

He and others sends their condolences to the family of the late youth and the land owners of Lae for the unfortunate incident that occurred over the weekend.

‘It is the action of the few ill-minded people that have led to a loss of a youth in Lae. It is now up to the city authorities to properly regulate and monitor how business and SME activities are conducted in Lae city,” he said.

Leaders and people of Ahi have presented their petition to authorities on Monday and stopping street vending activities and liquor outlets in the city is one major demand.

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