The National, Friday June 21st, 2013
THE remote Koroba station in the Hela province came alive last Friday when local MP Philip Undialu presented jerseys for the eight clubs and officially launched the Koroba League seasion 2013.
Undialu said his support for the code in the district was to advocate discipline, peace and order in the community.
“With the construction phase of the LNG project winding down, there are going to be a lot of unemployed youths,” he said.
“We must create avenues such as through sports so that they are kept busy and not turn to drugs and alcohol, tribal fights and other criminal activities.
“Hela has more than 100,000 youths rooming the streets today. These youths do not have hope in education, employment, and a better life in the future.
“These youths pose a threat to the society if we do not find means and ways to keep them busy in positive ways including sports.
“This number will double and triple. It is time bomb for Hela,” Undialu said.
The jerseys cost approximately K100,000. Hela Governor Anderson Agiru helped with the funding.
Undialu presented K10,000 in February for the pre-session and also put up fencing for the Koroba rugby league oval.
The member has in the past given K50,000 to the Hela Wigman franchise in the Digicel competition and has a further K50,000 for the club to begin a training and promotion exercise throughout Koroba-Lake Kopiago district.
Undialu has also supported the Pureni league competition and is making moves to affiliate it to the national league.
He thanked Kemele Cosntruction chairman Firman Joseph for facilitating the jerseys and Koroba league interim chairman Mark Bipila for the initiative to set up the Korobe competition.