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 Fiji Corrections Service Personnel Except One Fully Vaccinated: PM Praises Achievement

Prime Minister Voreqe Baini­marama congratulated the Fiji Corrections Service for achieving that along with two new capital projects.
16 Oct 2021 10:00
 Fiji Corrections Service Personnel Except One Fully Vaccinated: PM Praises Achievement
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama (right) with Corrections Service Commissioner Commander Francis Kean at the commissioning of the new chapel on Friday, October 15, 2021. Photo: Leon Lord

The Fiji Corrections Service has achieved a milestone as all members of the institu­tion, except for one, being fully vaccinated.

The remaining officer is awaiting the second dose.

Prime Minister Voreqe Baini­marama congratulated the Fiji Corrections Service for achieving that along with two new capital projects.

A new inter-faith chapel self-funded by FCS officers and a new transport office funded and built by the Government.

“The former shows the commit­ment of the FCS to its communi­ties of faith, and the bonds be­tween its officers, and the latter shows the commitment of your government to the vital service you all offer the nation,” Mr Baini­marama said.

“Effective institutions require both forms of commitment to function at their highest level.”

To fix up the chapel, FCS staff raised more than $140,000.

The new Transport Office situ­ated across the Korovou Prison would be a new logistical hub for the FCS.

The office cost $142,245 to build.

Mr Bainimarama also spoke of a future project whereby half- mil­lion-dollars was allocated towards the construction of a new 600-ca­pacity main cell block.

“I wouldn’t approve the build­ing of a new cell block if I knew it wasn’t helping to address the root cause of criminality in Fiji,” he said.

“In Fiji, we know that a prison system is a failure if it does not rehabilitate those who carry out their sentences within it.”



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