A concerned mother at Port Moresby’s Gerehu suburb called on NCD Governor Powes Parkop to create alternatives for betel-nut vendors inside Port Moresby.
Geraldine Ovia, expressed concerns to Governor Powes Parkop on his plans to create alternatives for betelnut sellers with the betelnut ban effective as of 1st January 2014.
She says, most vendors rely on the sale of betelnut to pay school fees for their children and with the school year commencing soon, the Governor must be considerate. Mrs Ovia said, betelnut vendors depend heavily on the sale of betelnut as a source of income to cater for school fees and other household items.
Mrs Ovia proposed that Governor Parkop should roll-out free education or subsidized school fee for children attending schools inside NCD.
She said with the betelnut ban in progress, the 7days grace period for vendors has pressured most to consider alternate ways of creating wealth and sustaining their families.
Meanwhile Governor Parkop says, there are other possible businesses vendors should consider to create wealth and be sustainable.
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