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Prisoners Showcase Skills

This is what the Attorney-General, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, said during the Fiji Corrections Services Work Expo at the ANZ Stadium in Suva yesterday.
31 Oct 2020 09:54
Prisoners Showcase Skills
Attorney General and Minister for Economy, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, with Fiji Corrections Service commissioner, Commander Francis Kean, during the Corrections Services Work Expo on October 30, 2020. Photo: Shalveen Chand

Treat prisoners with dignity so they can recognise their self-worth.

This is what the Attorney-General, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, said during the Fiji Corrections Services Work Expo at the ANZ Stadium in Suva yesterday.

Serving prisoners displayed their skills to possible employers at the ANZ Corporate Box at the Laucala stadium. Their skill sets were either learned in prison or before entering the corrections system.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said within the justice system , the corrections services had been neglected.

He said there were follow ups after a person was sentenced to jail and the conditions the prisoners were kept in were so bad.

He said this had changed and the work expo was one way to ensure a pathway for prisoners when they finished serving their time.

“Treat them with dignity, they will have self-worth. And when you treat prisoners with dignity, they will treat others with dignity,” Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said.

“If you are able to equip them with a particular skill set, they become employable and are able to secure a source of income and create livelihoods.

“We must not forget how critically important these basic facts are.”

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum also took the occasion to emphasise that 500 jobs had been created under the Job Support Scheme.

He said under the scheme, the Government would cover the minimum wage of $2.68 per hour for workers hired under the scheme, the excess and superannuation to be paid by the employer.

He urged employers and companies present at the expo to register for the scheme and take on board people under the Yellow Ribbon Project.

The companies and potential employers had time to go through resumes of prisoners.

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

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