THE Honiara Central Market has been closed for an indefinite period as of Friday.
This was after the Honiara City Council’s executive passed it in a way of resolution, Thursday.
Market Master Saxon Ofata said the reason behind the closure is to give time for major improvements to be carried out in the main market.
“With the current state in the market, we have seen the need for improvements to provide a better environment at the market,” Mr Ofata said.
“These include renovations, fencing, improving water and sanitation and re-organising the market,” he said.
Mr Ofata said this exercise will affect the vendors and the public but urge them to be patient with the decision.
“Market vendors and the Honiara public will be affected but I ask them to be patient with us to improve the conditions and environment of the central market.
“This initiative taken by the Council to improve the market is for the betterment of the public, vendors and the Council,” he added.
Meanwhile, the market master has asked all the vendors to vacate the market premises and to remove all their properties.
Ofata further states that the re-opening of the market will be announced after the completion of the work carried out on a later date.