THE Lae city council plans to resolve issues involving the lack of space at the market.
This assurance was given yesterday morning by the acting city manager Murewe Zurenuoc after learning of Morobe mothers’ call for a separate market.
The council already has some strategies in place that will help alleviate the situation.
This involves the establishment of ward markets, he said.
However, he said there had been a great need for proper market survey and research to be conducted.
This will help the council to build and develop better and more effective plans to address the problem.
But most of these arrangements, he said, were only short-term.
“There are plans to build an even bigger market at the old Lae airport site but this is part of the council’s long-term plans,” Mr Zurenuoc said.
The major focus, however, at present is to look at plans that would involve the upgrading of local markets at the ward levels.
This would be done in consultation with the mothers in communities within the city.
Markham MP Konie Iguan, who has continuously raised issues regarding the market during the provincial assembly sitting last year, called on the provincial government to be serious with the call made by the Morobe mothers for a separate market.
Mr Iguan said he was a local farmer before he became an MP.
“I understand the pain felt by the mothers who stand in the scorching heat daily to sell their produce,” he said.