NCD Governor Powes Parkop has appealed to residents to change their attitude, lamenting that it costs at least K400,000 a month to sweep the city of rubbish.
Rightly so, the money could be allocated to better use.
Unfortunately, Papua New Guineans have a long way to go before we can be more civic conscious.
We throw rubbish without a second thought, as we walk, eat or drive.
Despite a ban on the selling of buai, vendors are doing a roaring business.
Along Boroko Drive in particular, a buai market is flourishing, 24 hours a day.
Motorists with buai in their mind park haphazardly along the road to get their fix.
Buai skins litter the place, along with empty bottles and other stuff.
The authorities cannot be blind to not know what is happening, but have chosen to do nothing.
Indeed some are customers themselves.
So, Parkop can either save his breath or take real action, even if it makes him an unpopular politician.
Singapore is such a clean city because the authorities are determined to keep it so.
It passed a law to fine anyone who litters.
Parkop is surely aware of this.
Question is: Is the governor brave enough to do what is good for the city, and ultimately the residents?