About 70 youths from Situm, in Morobe province, are preparing to surrender themselves and their homebrew equipment and weapons to police and community leaders.
The youths told EMTV News today they feel they have been neglected, and most of them had to turn to illegal activities like brewing alcohol, homebrew, in order to survive.
Spokesman, Jack Tienang, said that this year they want to work with relevant authorities and the government to prevent law and order issues in Situm.
Situm village is in ward 13 of Labuta LLG, in the Naweb District, of Morobe province.
Law and order problems here are no different from any other settlement in Lae City.
Tienang has been working to change the mindsets of youths in this part of the province.
They have formed an association to seek support from the provincial government, relevant authorities, and community leaders.
The youths want the relevant authorities to engage them in agricultural programs to keep them focused.
Some of the items which were used to produce the illegal homebrew, or paiya wara as it is more commonly known, were handed over to community leaders.
More of these illegal items will be handed over to police soon.
A group of young men admitted that they were the ones causing problems in the community for the last several years.
However, this year they will be shifting their focus to dedicating their time and efforts to bringing back the good image of their community, which they themselves had tarnished, a long time ago.