By Jack Lapauve Jr – EMTV News, Port Moresby
More effort by stakeholders is needed to minimise the crime rate in PNG communities. Consultative Implementation and Monitoring Council Executive Officer, Wallis Yakam, says understanding the roots of crime can address issues because many factors contribute to human behaviour.
This was stressed during CIMC’s Momase Regional Development Forum in Vanimo recently.
According to the CIMC forum, factors like poverty levels, intercultural marriages, breakdown of cultural bonds, and death of parents are among issues resulting in crime in communities.
“The discussions are to pave a way forward for Government policies to help our communities,” said Yakam.
According to the forum, there are efforts being put in place by different government agencies, church organisations and the civil society.
However, uprooting criminal networks in communities has been lacking. An officer from the Wewak Urban Village Court says State agencies should lead with better support to Communities. “We all need to work together,” said Mathew Patiken.
The forum ran for two days, with all talking points drafted as recommendations for the National Forum later this year in Port Moresby.