The National, Monday October 28th, 2013
PEOPLE in Kokopo, East New Britain, have called on the Kokopo town authorities to address the rubbish dumped on the road leading to the Kenabot Estate.
Samson Kakai, a community leader and tourism industry supporter, said waste management in Kokopo should be a priority if the town was to maintain its status as the tourism hub of the country.
Kokopo resident Samson Enocksaid it was time authorities addressed the problem and not only focused on charging people K20 spot fines.
He urged town authorities to introduce a proper garbage disposal system that would, in return, generate revenue.
Victor Vutliu blamed people living in the town area for being irresponsible with their rubbish.
“The people dumping this rubbish here should be ashamed,” he said.
“If the authority responsible is facing problems with their waste collection, it should not be an excuse to pollute your own backyard. It only creates a health hazard to everyone living around Kenabot.”
Vutliu urged community leaders at Kenabot area to invite the management of the Kokopo-Vunamami Urban local level government to visit them, discuss the issue and come up with ways to solve it.
He said it would be good for the KVU LLG to seek help from the Rabaul Urban LLG on how they managed their waste operations in Rabaul.