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You Play Unique Role, Kean Says

Corrections mander Francis Kean reminded Corrections officers that they are lucky to be entrusted with the work of changing the lives of those under their custody. “You have been chosen
04 Apr 2016 10:23
You Play Unique Role, Kean Says
From left: Chief Logistic officer Malakai Cakau, Assistant Commissioner admin Apimeleki Taukei, Reverend Josefa Tikonatabua, Commissioner Francis Kean, Caen Kean, Cherie Kean, Assistant commissioner operation Joe Kulinidilo, director rehabilitation Sakiusa Veiwili, PSO Hendry Dewatchal and SCED Salote Panapanasa. Back: OC Remand Pita Rokoratu and Superintender Viliame Bulewa after their family church service at the ANZ Stadium yesterday. Photo: PAULINI RATULAILAI.

Corrections mander Francis Kean reminded Corrections officers that they are lucky to be entrusted with the work of changing the lives of those under their custody.

“You have been chosen for this unique work in an institution that changes lives; in fact, it’s our core business,” he said.

The people under their custody, he said, came from very different backgrounds.

“The way forward for the institution was for all officers to be attentive, faithful, honest and disciplined.”

Commissioner Kean said the challenge for them was to ensure that, at the end of the day, they could finish the work of rehabilitating those under their care to be better citizens when they returned to their communities.

The Commissioner of Corrections was addressing officers during the first family service of members of Fiji Corrections Service (FCS) at the ANZ Stadium in Suva yesterday.

During his message at the family service he reminded his officers to prioritise their families.

Commander Kean said: “Look after your families well as that will reflect in your work.”

He said the FCS family must work in unity to be productive.

He also announced that they would have a new chapel at their Naboro complex.

Speaking to the Fiji Sun after their service he said they specifically needed a chapel not only to improve their spiritual lives but also for those under their custody.

He said inmates could share challenges they were going through and Corrections officers also needed to tell someone what they were facing and a chaplain would be the right person and the best place for it would be a chapel.

He said the institution also needed to have its own chapel to hold their family service and this would help officers and civilians improve their spiritual lives.

 

First visit

Commander Kean will be going on his first official visit to all the Corrections complexes around the country next week.

He will be leaving for Savusavu on Wednesday where he will be joined by some of the senior officers to go to Taveuni.

From Taveuni he will visit Labasa.

He told the Fiji Sun yesterday that his message to his officers on this tour would be on unity.

Edited by Manasa Kalouniviti

Feedback: maikab@fijisun.com.fj



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