RESIDENTS of Auki have uttered concern over the piles of rubbish in front of the Auki wharf.
The sight of the rubbish piles and the spot used as a dump site mostly for market vendors at the province’s gateway has sparked calls for responsible authorities in the province to address the matter.
“The pile of rubbish right in front of the wharf is getting bigger each day and people, mostly the betel nut vendors are continuously making a habit out of using the area as a dump site.
“This is not at all helping the image of our township as it is right in the gateway and entrance to Auki, especially for visitors and tourists visiting our shores.
“Responsible authorities should look at means of controlling people littering in the area as such is diminishing the image of our provincial capital,” a former provincial member and Auki resident who wished not to be named said.
There has also been concerns of the betel nut market situated in front of the wharf, with many believe it to be one of the main contributing factors to the piles of rubbish at the wharf.
“The betel nut market should be removed and closed down as it brings nothing good to our image.
“It is from this market and its vendors that the piles of rubbish are increasing daily at an alarming rate.
“Authorities should start thinking of removing it, or relocating it elsewhere,” another group of Auki residents said.
Auki is considered the second largest town in the Solomon Islands however after the Festival of Pacific Arts in 2012; has slowly lost its cleanliness, with the lack of any major developments over the past two years.
By JEREMY INIFIRI