Although operating predominantly in Port Moresby and Lae, the PNG-APP this month extended its assistance to the Buyang village.
On 2 December 2019, PNG-APP Logistics Team Leader, Nigel Page, and Inspector David Thatcher, Public Safety, travelled to Manus Island. They were accompanied by NCD Metropolitan Commander Chief Superintendent, Perou N’Dranou, who is from Buyang village.
Inspector Thatcher said there was an initial request to support the Buyang Boxing Club which was formed to help local youths stay away from alcohol and cigarettes and use their free time wisely. The rate of offences linked with homebrew is extremely high, according to Manus Provincial Police Commander, Chief Inspector David Yapu.
The PNG-APP members arrived with Perou in Manus and were greeted by PPC Yapu. They conducted a quick tour of the Manus Police Station before heading out on a one-hour, 45 minute journey high into the Manus mountains.
The journey was exceptionally rough. The delegation was greeted by Village Councillor Nick Yahu and his people who laid leis, Buyang bilums and shell necklaces on their shoulders before leading them onto a purpose built official dais.
The delegation was then treated to a traditional Buyang dance and a string band serenade before the village councillor opened the ceremony. The President of the Manus Boxing Club, Olympian Tinge Meta, was very pleased with the equipment provided by the PNG-APP and stated that a future champion was possible due to the assistance.
N’Dranou and the village councillor praised the PNG-APP for the assistance given and stated that this is the first of its kind for the village.
Village youths then put on a credible display of their boxing talents for the delegation. Photo opportunities were then taken with PNG Games bronze medallist Moondi Coomer and Inspector Thatcher, shaping up to the roars of the crowd.
According to Inspector Thatcher, this opportunity gave PNG-APP Advisors a firsthand look at some of the policing and logistical issues faced by many areas of PNG and the visit was extremely well received by the people of Manus Island and Buyang village.
(Children participating in the local boxing competition)