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Inmates Start Pine Planting

For the first time inmates of the Lautoka Corrections Centre are part of the pine replanting programme at the Lololo Pine Station in Lautoka. During the launch of the project
07 Jan 2015 12:42
Inmates Start Pine Planting

For the first time inmates of the Lautoka Corrections Centre are part of the pine replanting programme at the Lololo Pine Station in Lautoka.

During the launch of the project yesterday, Commissioner of Corrections, Lieutenant-Colonel Ifereimi Vasu said it was a continuation from the sugarcane cutting programme held annually from June to December.

He said there was a need to assist government arms like Fiji Pine.

“There was a request from Fiji Pine for the replanting, so we got together with senior officers as we saw there is a need to assist government arms,” Lt-Col Vasu said.

“This is part of the rehabilitation programme and these inmates are willing to be part of it. Importantly, we are assisting the landowners. And under this project we will reap the benefits in 15 years time.

“The inmates and officers who are part of this project will receive portion of the payment as well.

“The lunch, fuel and the payment is coming direct from the project. We have seen how both parties are working together with officers and inmates showing good partnerships rather than making them resort to illegal things.”

Lt-Col Vasu said they would tap into other projects after evaluating how they would benefit the service and the community.

He said the project is on a three month trial basis and if it works well they would increase the workforce or the inmates.

Fiji Corrections Service officers are part of the initiative for the first time since 2013 where they went in partnership with the RFMF officers.

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