Caption: New Beon CS Jail Commander Kosia Ban is receiving blessing from Lutheran pastor Dora Yawa last Sunday at Marimari Lutheran church at Mauban village. Photograph by James G. Kila

By JAMES G. KILA

THE RECENTLY appointed jail commander at Beon jail, Chief Inspector Kosia Ban, was accorded a special church dedication service on Easter Sunday at Marimari Lutheran church at Maupan village near Madang town.

More than 500 people witnessed Chief Insp Ban get anointing from Evangelical Lutheran Church of PNG pastor, Dora Yawa.

The church attendees at that time were inmates from Beon jail and Lutheran faithful from Mauban, Kesup, Sinem and the Prison Fellowship members from Beon.

Chief Insp Ban had served the jail service for more than 42 years and had risen up from the rank to be the jail commander. He had served in many parts of PNG as a correctional officer.

Chief Insp Ban challenged youths from Amele area in Madang to refrain from consuming homebrew popularly known locally as ‘yawa’ and abstain from smoking illicit drug marijuana.

Mr Ban, who comes from Umun village in the Trans-Gogol LLG of Madang, said in the past during the 1970s he used to walk all the way from his home to attend Tusbab High School in Madang. During those days there was peace and calm and people greeted him warmly as he walked to school. Today it is not possible. The places between his home village and Madang have become dangerous and infested with home-brew and marijuana abusers who harass and attack innocent people at random.

He said during his recent time at acting commander, a number of rehabilitation initiatives had taken place at Beon Jail. These included a number of juvenile inmates going out to attend school.

Chief Insp Ban said one of the inmates is currently taking up carpentry at Madang Technical College and another is also doing grade 11 at Tusbab Secondary School.

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