Shops to Continue to Operate Despite Closure Notice

By Julie Badui-Owa – EMTV News, Lae

The owner of  a public toilet property in Lae told EMTV News that the shops in his area will continue to operate, despite being given a closure notice by the Lae City Council last week.

Luke Yawau said the three businesses; a Clinic, hair saloon and Food Bar paid their trading fees last year, but were not given a license to operate.

Mr. Yawau said it is the Lae City Council’s fault for not issuing their trading licenses.

This is the public toilet at Eriku in Lae. There are three other businesses operating on the property.

These include a hair salon, clinic and a food bar. They were ordered to close by Lae City Council last week for operating without trading licenses.

The 24-hour closure notice was given to these shops last week Tuesday, following a meeting between the Lae City Council Health Division and the Landlord.

According to the Director for Lae City Council Health Division, Jonathan Ipang, they have received reports from the public that the Food Bar was selling overdue food.

Mr. Yawau obtained his land title from the Lands Department in Port Moresby in 2016.

He is operating his business as Comfort Management Services Limited.

Mr Yawau has called on the Lae City Council to do their job properly and serve the interest of the public and that includes local businesses.

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