Youths in Mendi town have been urged to engage in community initiative projects and restore the image of the Southern Highlands capital.
Since 2017, the capital Mendi has seen violence, killings and rampage by youths triggered by political and ethnic differences.
The Southern Highlands Provincial Government now plans to engage youths around Mendi to participate in developments projects.
A spokesperson says youths must take ownership and allow development agendas to rollout.
This week the Provincial Assembly released 400 thousand kina to 15 youth groups living on the fringes of Mendi town.
This was presented by Governor, William Powi and the Provincial Administration at Agiru Building.
The money will be shared equally among the 15 youth groups established in the Mendi Urban area.
Governor Powi says youths must be empowered encouraged to be agents of change by participating in development projects at all levels of Government.
Southern Highlands Provincial Government is investing heavily in road, airport, bridge and agriculture projects to transform the province.
However youths have been at the forefront crippling development phase.
Powi encouraged all youths to be agents of change and see development agendas being achieved.
By Jack Lapauve Jnr – EMTV News – Port Moresby