Opportunity crimes or petty crimes in the city have decreased by 70 per cent since 2011.
NCD Governor Powes Parkop attributed this to the success of the on-going PNG Urban Youth Employment Project.
Governor Parkop made this remark at the mid-year review of the Urban Youth Employment Project at the Holiday Inn Hotel this morning.
The Urban Youth Employment Project started in 2011 and is fully supported by the government, World Bank, Korea Trust Fund and Exxon Mobil.
The project is aimed at engaging youths in short-term employment which will subsequently reduce crime in the city.
In his keynote address, Governor Parkop said there were opportunities created to keep youths busy with programs such as Ginigoada, Yumi Lukautim Moresby Project and the Technical-Vocational Training Scholarship Assistance Program.
Two people who participated under the Urban Youth Employment Program are Philomina Marinae and Gilford Jiregari. They spoke about their experiences from being jobless to becoming employed workers.
While the program has assisted them, both have called on the project partner, World Bank, to invest more in TVET training for the disadvantaged youth.
The mid-term review of the project has been carried out by all stakeholders to assess the performance of the Urban Youth Employment Program and whether it has achieved its objectives to provide urban young people with income from temporary job opportunities with hopes for better jobs in the PNG workforce.
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