Minister Lera in a small but significant ceremony yesterday officially handed over the equipment to BSF president Anthony Tsora.
The equipment comprised of three bags fully-kitted with professional softball sporting gears like gloves, bats, balls, helmets, chest guards and more.
Apart from softball, Lera has also assisted other sporting codes and believes that all sporting activities can foster friendship and unity amongst players.
He said engaging youths in sports can help minimise social problems and also develop players to become semi and professionals in their respective codes.
Minister Lera said as Bougainville is going through its current political destiny toward referendum window of opening, building friendship, unity and engaging youth through sports is important.
“Building the right values, attitude and mindset of our people is what Bougainville needs to prepare itself for the referendum,” he said.
Lera said he is happy to provide assistance to BSF to help them revive the code and also prepare them for the coming National PNG Games, to be hosted in West New Britain.
Bougainville Softball Federation president Tsora thanked the Minister and assured him that his assistance will go a long way in promoting the code in Bougainville.
Tsora said the three sets of equipment will have a big impact on the players and technical officials to improve the code.
One set of equipment will be used by technical officials for clinic and training programs while the other two sets will be given to softball associations identified by BSF.
Tsora said with the professional set of equipment at hand, BSF has already put in place a training program and games competition to kick start the code in the region.
Minister for Bougainville Affairs and Regional Member for Bougainville Joe Lera handing over three sets of softball equipment worth K25, 000 to the president of Bougainville Softball Federation, Anthony Tsora, and his technical officials.