Inmates will very soon be engaged in line clearing work following the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Correctional Service (CS) and PNG Power Ltd(PPL) in Port Moresby yesterday.
PPL Acting Managing Director Ms. Carolyn Blacklock, said the MoU will see low risk inmates be engaged in clearing vegetation that grows onto power infrastructures like transmission lines and power poles, to ensure the smooth flow of electricity services.
“I think it is not about money, it is about helping people,” said Blacklock when talking about the benefits of such partnership, especially for the inmates.
“We want to make sure that these prisoners learn new skills and we want to make sure that our lines are clear, so we are trailing this at Lae on the specific lines in and around the Ramu Grid.”
“This is how it will work,it won’t be Commissioner or I deciding on who does what. It is a matter of local commanders making agreements with local PNG Power representatives on ground,” she said.
Also, PNG Power will not be paying the inmates unless at the request of the CS. However, training and equipment will be provided with the possibility of certificates to be presented to the inmates from the training they receive.
Meanwhile, the Acting CS Commissioner, Mr. Stephen Pokanis, added that this MoU is a good part of inmate rehabilitation and also ensure inmates get training and give them the confidence to go back into the community after they are released.
The areas to be trailed out following the singing of this MoU apart from Lae, will be Alotau and Gazelle in East New Britain.