NCDC bans cooked food, betel nut


THE National Capital District Commission has advised residents of Port Moresby that the selling of cooked food – and betel nut – in public places is banned.
City manager Leslie Alu said the city authority was concerned about the increase in the cooking and selling of food – including betel nut – in public places.
“The situation has seen an increase in littering, petty crimes and other issues of health and safety in the city,” Alu said.
He said such activities were a risk to public health and safety, and also pose a danger to traffic flow. It also contributes to the filthy condition of the city, Alu said.
He advised all involved in these activities in public areas including bus stops and junctions to stop immediately and cooperate with the NCDC.
The law is enforced under the Public Health (Sanitation and General) Regulation and Informal Sector Development and Control Act “in the best interest of health and safety for all residents”.
“NCDC strongly encourages vending to take place in existing established markets with all due consideration for health and hygiene,” Alu said.
“After the lapse of the 14 days, enforcement agencies will not hesitate to physically remove offending persons in public places including bus stops and traffic intersections.”