NATIONAL Capital District Governor, Powes Parkop, says the Buai Ban is not an ordinary step taken to serve the interest of a few minorities, but to provide a conducive, healthy and safe environment for all.
He says, the harassment at the road checks has been looked into, and alternate considerations have been discussed.
Mr Parkop has held the same line, since he first announced measures to curb the scourge of betelnet, and the rubbish associated with it, from the streets of Port Moresby.
Initial grace periods granted to the NCD public and surrounding areas, saw no change in people’s attitudes, and have since tested his patience, and been done away with.
Replaced with strong legal action targeted at people breaking the betelnut ban, the buai ban operations yesterday saw the launching and opening of the Buai Ban Operations Centre.
This will see buai ban law-breakers, formally arrested and charged.
Governor Parkop has always been mindful of the consequences of the ban, while maintaining that the effort’s main goal, is to ensure that Port Moresby city, is a healthy, safe, and peaceful environment for all its residents.
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