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Papua New Guinea

Ward youth surrender their homebrew equipment

Youths of Narinai and Okansira wards in the Ioro Constituency of Panguna district have decided to call it quits with the production of home brewed alcohol and demonstrated that with the surrender of 12 gas bottles to the authorities last week.
The surrender of the home brew making equipment was witnessed by ABG Member for Ioro, Michael Lapolela, Central Bougainville Veterans MP, Noah Doko, Meekamui commander, Moses Pipiro and ward women’s representative, Jacinta Aririnu.
Ioro MP, Mr Lapolela commended the youths for taking the initiative to rid their area of illicit drugs and home brewed alcohol and he was proud to witness the event in his constituency.
“With referendum coming up we must all unite as a people and do away with such activities that are detrimental to our progress. We must all work together with our leaders and other neighboring communities to ensure that there is peace and unity among us,” Mr Lapolela said.
Veterans MP, Noah Doko issued a challenge to the people that Panguna should be referendum-ready by December and he commended the youths of Narinai and Okansira for the initiative which was an indicator that the people were now gearing up to contribute positively to Bougainville in the lead up to referendum.
“We must not doubt ourselves especially in these crucial times before referendum. All communities must prove to the government that we are capable of managing ourselves and we must all contribute towards declaring Panguna referendum-ready by December,” he said.
Women’s representative, Jacinta Aririnu was thankful that the youths were giving up their old ways. She said homebrew consumption was a concern for the community and resulted in children drinking at a young age and missing out on school.
Mrs Aririnu called on the people to cooperate with their leaders and the government to contribute to developments on Bougainville.

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