Support Rehabilitation, Province Urged

Lomaiviti, Rewa, Kadavu, Tailevu, Serua, Namosi, and Lau have been covered so far.
19 Mar 2021 13:09
Support Rehabilitation, Province Urged
Participants and stakeholders at the Shangri-La Fijian Resort on March 18, 2021. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

Decision-makers in the province of Nadroga/Navosa are being urged to support the rehabilitation process of former inmates.

The message of urgency was relayed to members of the province by the Fiji Corrections Services Commissioner, Commander Francis Kean, during the Nadroga Navosa Yellow Ribbon Symposium.

The event was held yesterday at the Shangri-La’s Fijian Resort on Yanuca Island. The symposium was part of the Community Awareness and Rehabilitation of Ex-offenders (CARE) network programme.

“We urge the Nadroga/Navosa province to assist us because this work cannot be done alone. We have visited seven provinces and three denominations,” Commander Kean said during the symposium.

The seven provinces visited include Lomaiviti, Rewa, Kadavu, Tailevu, Serua, Namosi, and Lau have been covered so far.

“We have to link to the village headman and decision-makers in the province to implement the successful re-integration of ex-offenders back into society,” Mr Kean said.

“Solesolevaki is the big picture. The offenders do have their farm and their bank balance is settled as well.

“The reason they return to their community is that something is there waiting for them. We believe that the village headman should play a key role in this work of ‘solesolevaki’.”

Some key points:

  • Job placement;
  • Project Sow a seed (Become a volunteer);
  • Employment opportunity; and
  • Solesolevaki (community effort).

Commander Kean also thanked the Government and provincial office for assisting in the programme.


Positive impacts

Through the programme six young offenders will join the Youth Training Centre at Nasau, Sigatoka, to study and stay in the nearby village.

Mr Kean also said they were working closely with Montfort Boys’ Town as well.

“The Nasinu Corrections facility, which looks after the ages of 18 to 25 is undergoing certain projects. We see them and give them yellow ribbon initiatives because they have skills,” he said.

“Three students at Montfort Boys’ Town have graduated and two have found employment as mechanics at Carpenters. Two more students have joined the programme.”

FCS is also working with the Methodist Church in Fiji and Rotuma, the Seventh-day Adventist Church and recently, the Assemblies of God (AOG).

Commander Kean and his delegation will tour the Ba and Naitasiri provinces in the coming months.

“It requires a wholesome effort of the nation,” he said.




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