Tari-Pori youths told to avoid trouble during Christmas

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TARI-Pori MP James Marape has urged youths in the district to stay away from trouble during the festive season because of the lack of police manpower.
He said this during the launching of the Christmas law-and-order programme at Homu in Tari on Sunday. The programme will cover sports and worship over the festive period to keep youths engaged and out of trouble.
Youths will also be engaged to help police keep the peace.
Marape’s appeal is because there are 60 officers to look after a population of more than 300,000, plus the PNG LNG project site.
He said the new Hope Institute built with district funds offered a second chance in life to many young people as well as adults.
He urged them to keep away from homebrew and marijuana so that they can enrol at the institute in 2018.
Marape said the institute offered a chance to transform the people of Tari and Hela. They should make use of this opportunity by enrolling at the institute.
“I am your leader because I am educated,” he said.
“I want you to become educated like me. Education is the key to transforming individual lives.”