By Fidelis Sukina – EMTV News, Port Moresby
The National Capital District Commission has been fighting a long war against betelnut in the city. There was a ban in place from 2013, and the ban was lifted in 2017.
Now with APEC, there are new infrastructures under threat from betelnut spittle.
The City of Port Moresby may be experiencing growth through major development, but the poor attitudes of certain residents are ruining the progress of the city.
The major issue is the betel nut spittle that continues to paint the town red at every corner where people commute or stop in their vehicles.
The war against Betelnut continues to rage, and there is word of a new arsenal against the blood-red scourge.
The Summary Offences (Amendment Bill) 2018; tabled by the Prime Minister will be debated and it is passing a positive sign. The Act prohibits smoking and the chewing of betel nut and the sale of it in public places. A K10,000 fine is the penalty, and or a jail term not exceeding three years.
It will be a relief for the National Capital District Commission, who are finding it difficult to rid the city of the stains of betelnut and cigarette butts.
The Prime Minister also pointed out other pressing issues and activities that continue to give a really bad name to the city.