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Yellow Ribbon Inspires Pacific Neighbours

Prison   Commissioners from Papua New Guinea (PNG), Solomon Islands and Vanuatu want their Fijian counterparts to help them implement the Yellow Ribbon Rehabilitation programme. PNG Assistant Commissioner, Michael Mosiri  met
30 Jul 2015 10:34
Yellow Ribbon Inspires Pacific Neighbours
From left: Vanuatu director for Corrections Services, Johnny Marango, Fiji Corrections Service Yellow Ribbon co-ordinator Isireli Dausiga and Papua New Guinea(PNG) Deputy Commissioner, Michael Mosiri. Photo: Litia Cava

Prison   Commissioners from Papua New Guinea (PNG), Solomon Islands and Vanuatu want their Fijian counterparts to help them implement the Yellow Ribbon Rehabilitation programme.

PNG Assistant Commissioner, Michael Mosiri  met Fijian Commissioner of Corrections, Lieutenant-Colonel Ifereimi Vasu yesterday, and confirmed he would implement the initiative.

“We have similar rehabilitation programmes in PNG, but what I see that the Yellow Ribbon Rehabilitation programme is more structured.

“If it is possible to have assistance and support from the prison officers here to guide us,it will be really helpful since Fiji is on the lead. We would like them to share their ideas then it will help us to move forward in assisting our inmates rebuild their lives and also their families,” he said.

Vanuatu director for Corrections Services, Johnny Marango  shared the same sentiments.

“It would be great to share this knowledge with other Pacific Island countries and we would like to see our colleagues from Fiji assist us in having this programme in our country.

The programme was promoted as being responsive to offenders and the general welfare of the public.

Meeting in Suva this week, the corrections services heads were told that the programme assisted with the rehabilitation of inmates and the overall improvement of prisons.

By providing rehabilitative opportunities like instruction in farming techniques and industry skills, literacy courses, spiritual counselling and education on alcohol and drug abuse, the project was seen as addressing the country’s social and economic problems such as unemployment, poverty eradication and the poor literacy rate amongst adults who contribute to crime.

Representatives from 10 Pacific Island countries are in Fiji for a conference which they plan to develop the role of women officers within their corrections service.

The conference ends today.

Feedback: litia.cava@fijisun.com.fj

 

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