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By John Dau

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (The National, Apr. 1) – Correctional Services (CS) Minister Peter Oresi and the CS Commissioner Rickard Sikani were in the Southern Highlands Province (SHP) over the weekend to officially re-open the Hawa jail near Tari.

The jail had closed down two years ago due to lack of funding.

The Porgera Joint Venture renovated the jail under the Tax Credit Scheme.

During the opening ceremony, SHP governor Hami Yawari presented a check of K115, 000 (US$35,420) for the purchase of a vehicle to the Minister, K60, 000 for the maintenance of the staff quarters and K10, 000 to the singsing groups who performed at the opening.

Mr Oresi said the renovation of the jail would assist the police and the courts in locking up hardcore criminals who terrorize the communities.

He said the law and order problems in the SHP require the establishment of rural lock-ups in the province.

He said that the National Government would provide manpower to ensure that the jail and rural lock-ups operate smoothly.

Mr Oresi said the government wants to bring services but the public servants have to give the support and their security has to be guaranteed.

Mr Yawari said his government would be tough against those who disturb the peace of the community and government property.

April 1, 2004

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