A THREE-week liquor ban is currently imposed for Choiseul Provincial capital Taro.
This ban was imposed by Taro Police after they found out that many businesses and individuals selling alcohol did not have valid licenses to sell alcohol publicly.
It was also revealed that many business houses, shops and individuals selling alcohol at Taro were not registered under the Liquor Business Registration Act and some businesses did not even renew their liquor licenses.
Some Taro residents said this ban is good because since last year many businesses and individuals were selling alcohol without valid licenses.
They said any business or individual wanting to operate his or her business must be registered and have valid licenses as required by the provincial government.
“The kind of attitude to operate illegally must be stopped and responsible authorities must address and take responsibility for their duties.
“This is one of the gaps that have been neglected by the previous provincial government of Choiseul Province,” a Taro businessman said.
“Renewing of the licenses is very important for the province because that is one of the revenue for the province.”
Another concerned Taro resident said this approach is very appropriate and it is good the new provincial government of Choiseul Province address this issue which often occurred in the past years.
This is now week three into the liquor ban.
A decision to lift the liquor ban will depend on the province’s Liquor Board.
By ULUTAH GINA
Solomon Star, Gizo