CONCERNS have been raised by the public over the many unhygienic practices by some inconsiderate citizens in public places within Honiara.
One of the main concerns was littering and also disposal of human faeces in public areas and facilities throughout Honiara.
A latest example of this occurred yesterday in front of the Magistrates court when a young boy was scolded by the public, after he was accused of climbing up the mango tree and then using it as a public toilet in broad daylight.
The frightened young man however told the Solomon Star he was just climbing up to get the mango fruits when a plastic filled with human faeces fell off the tree.
“It wasn’t me. I would never do such a thing, especially in broad daylight,” he said.
“I was just climbing up the tree and somehow the plastic fell off and onto the ground, and since I was the only one up in the tree, the people thought that it was me,” he said.
After hours of withstanding public verbal abuse, he was rescued from the tree.
“This is a continuous problem that keeps happening inside Honiara city,” one member of the public said.
“It isn’t only in this area, but also in most of the public facilities in town that people use as their toilets, without considering how it is affecting the image of city.
“How can we attract tourist when our own attitudes do not change?” were some of the remarks of the public,” he added.
Securities at the National Museum and also the National Archives have also revealed certain instances that they have chased off people trying to use the stream running through both Government premises as a public toilet.
“We have chased people using this stream as their toilet and also other unlawful activities not only in the night but also during the day,” a security officer informed this paper.
Some say the situation was the result of lack of public toilets in Honiara.
By JEREMY INIFIRI