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New measures to control betel nut consumption in Port Moresby

Noken salim buaiPNG Today

THE National Capital District Commission is continuing its efforts to maintain a clean city by introducing new measures to regulate the movement of betel nut into the city.

NCDC has approved six new markets in the city to be used for trading betel nut: Waikele, Six Mile, 9 Mile, Koki and Epen’s in Gerehu will be the only locations recognised by the commission.

“Just like alcohol, which is prone to abuse in PNG, betel nut is also abused by irresponsible people who chew and spit wherever they want to,” said Governor Powes Parkop.

“This kind of mentality is not only detrimental to the beautification of our city and improvement in health, but also it undermines our social values in the community”.

Parkop urged the public to become responsible chewers and not contribute to the mentality problem NCDC is dealing with.

Ino osem mi askim yupla lo mekim roket lo go lo mun... or swim lo Sepik River taim em pulap lo pukpuk... Taim yu baim buai, karim go lo haus na kaikai! Em tasol, nogat moa hevi blo yumi olgeta!” he said.

(“It’s not like I’m asking you all to build a rocket to travel to the Moon... or swim across a crocodile infested Sepik river. Just buy your buai, go home and chew! That is all! No more problems for everyone.)

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