Port Moresby's Gordon Market Undergoes Massive Cleanup

Health and hygiene concerns addressed by vendors, management, security

By Tony Sii

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (PNG Post-Courier, May 10, 2017) – The city’s main market, Gordon Market, has undergone its most massive cleanup in years as part of the efforts to improve the market’s outlook and civic pride.

The market management, security personnel, and 8 vendor associations, as well as officers from the NCDC market management and waste management division, started the cleanup early yesterday morning and finished around 9 am before vendors moved in to do their daily selling of produce.

Informal vendors too, outside the market premises, were encouraged by the gesture and cleaned the respective areas where they do their selling.

The waste management division ensured that rubbish was trucked to appropriate sites for disposal.

“The main reason why this activity was carried out, is because public perception is that Gordon Market is not safe and has a bad image. So we did this to show that the market is clean and safe, but it’s just petty crimes like pickpocketing and bag snatching that paint a bad a picture,” Sengi Orake , the market supervisor, said.

[PIR editor's note: On May 10, 2017 PNG Post-Courier reported that 'Gordon Market supervisor, Sengi Orake, has made a call for frequent foot patrols by regular police, mainly outside of the market premises, to further improve security. ... Mr Orake said police should take particular note of the areas where PMV bus stops for route 4 and 17 are located as well as the walkway at the back of the market along the Poreporena freeway. ... He identified these sites as hotspot areas where most of the violence and crime that give negative headlines about the market happen. ... He said the frequent presence of police can prevent the occurrence of crime and violence.']

He said part of the reason for the cleanup was to ensure health and hygiene concerns are addressed.

He added that the market management also had discussions with the NCDC waste management division to ensure waste is regularly trucked to appropriate sites for disposal and not left in the market, affecting the health of vendors and buyers.

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