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Gordons Market to open with tight security

SECURITY will be tighter when the Gordon Market in Port Moresby is re-opened on Monday, National Capital District Governor Powes Parkop says.
The market was closed last week after a police officer from Yangoru was stabbed to death there. Police have arrested one man over the incident.
Parkop said the National Capital District Commission and police, under Metropolitan Superintendent Andy Bawa, would ensure that security was tight to make the market safer for vendors and those who frequented it to buy food and goods.
He said the NCDC management and the Metropolitan Superintendent had come up with short-term strategies as part of opening the market. They are that:

  • Only fresh vegetables and meat be sold;
  • the bus stop be relocated to Unagi Oval for bus routes 4, 6, 13, 16 and 17;
  • the Boroko market be opened so that vendors from Central can use it;
  • Lareva Market at Hohola be opened for informal sector vendors to use. The area will be fenced; and,
  • Security firms engaged to tighten security in the three markets.

Parkop said the same arrangements had been made at Gerehu Market.
Bawa promised that police would work with NCDC officials to ensure that the short-term strategies were executed. He said officers would be based at the Gordon police station and patrol the areas between Gordon and Unagi Oval.

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