by Stanley Ove Jr – EM TV, Port Moresby
Last week Monday, concerned government minister Richard Maru described Gordons Market as a haven for criminals and an eye sore to the image of Port Moresby.
The Minister appealed to the NCD governor to permanently close the market after the murder of Police Officer Clifford Yembiningi two weeks ago. Today, the market was reopened by NCD Governor Powes Parkop, who described the decision as the hardest decision his office has had to make.
Despite the re-opening of the market, it still needs a general facelift. Its roads are impassable but Governor Parkop said he will make sure the market is rebuilt next year.
The governor said he believes in the people of Gordons, saying the decision to reopen the market is because he wants city residents to change.
For the time being, the informal sector of Gordons Market will be relocated to Lareva Market in Hohola or the Boroko Market in coming days.
Meanwhile, the police say Gordons Market will be much safer than before.