By THOMAS HUKAHU
NATIONAL Capital District Governor Powes Parkop urged youths in Port Moresby to change their mindset and get ready for opportunities.
“Ol opotiuniti na sans bai kam tasol yu mas lukautim ol olsem kiau (Opportunities and chances will come but you must take care of them as if you would take care of an egg),” Parkop said on Tuesday while presenting certificates to Moresby South youths who had been manning the bus stops and certain spots in their suburbs as volunteer bus stop wardens.
He told the youth that the business world was excited about the LNG project and were getting prepared for it through constructing buildings and other infrastructure developments.
However, if the people of PNG do not have a positive mindset to make use of opportunities like the LNG project, then such things will pass by them and they will not benefit.
The one-month initiative under Yumi Lukautim Mosbi started on Sept 9 had youths from suburbs in Moresby South manning bus stops and public places to ensure that petty crimes like pick-pocketing, bilum-snatching and other threats by youths were not committed.
Parkop congratulated the youths from Sabama, Kaugere, Two-Mile, Badili and Koki areas and their leaders and said that the programme was a success.
He told the youths the programme would continue to Christmas.
He also thanked some companies which were working closely with the youths.
Security Plus used vehicles to visit youths at their posts and Digicel provided communication devices.
Other companies also provided refreshments to support the youths with their duties.
Badili police station commander Snr Sgt Bill Warake said since the initiative started petty crimes had dropped dramatically, including serious cases of youths stabbing people.
“If we can address such petty crimes, then it should follow that the more serious crimes would be prevented,” he said.