THE City by-law on street vending of betel-nut and cigarette seem to not adhere to despite stringent measure carried out by the Honiara City Council Law Enforcement Division.
Street vendors were seen at various street corners whenever law enforcers were not around.
Many have ended up in court and were fined, but the practice of selling of the products along the Honiara streets seemed unstoppable.
The new HCC executive has announced its renewed commitment to wipe out street vendors from the streets and warn that touch action will be enforced.
Mayor Alfrence Fatai said responsible departments are ready and planning to stage its first awareness program for this year in the coming fortnight.
“The awareness will focus mainly on strengthening the HCC existing seven- meter by-law which disallowed vendors to do the illegal business seven meters into a public area,” Mr Fatai said.
He said the awareness will lay the foundation for law enforcers to practically enforce the law.
“It is important that people are aware of this by-law before law enforcers move in to enforce it.”
A HCC health inspector Tina Ohanikeni said the health division will also take part in the awareness program.
“The awareness is also part of our business because it advocates for cleanliness of the city as well.
“It is time people know and understand issues relating to cleanliness of the city.”
Meanwhile Ms Ohanikeni said a talk back show is being organised which will kick start the awareness program.
The program will include distribution of posters, booklets and other awareness materials to the public.
She encouraged the public to cooperate with HCC officers in carrying out their duties.
By SOLOMON LOFANA