Cakaudrove delegation visits inmates
02 December, 2009
Cakaudrove Provincial Council Chairman Mr Emitai Boladuadua (3rd from left) greets an inmate
The vanua of Cakaudrove led by the Chairman of their Provincial Council Mr Emitai Boladuadua today (Wednesday, December 2) visited 30 inmates from the Suva, Nasinu and Naboro prison facilities.
Mr Boladuadua told the inmates that the decision to visit them was made during their provincial meeting that was held in Yaroi Village, Savusavu in October.
“It was decided in the provincial meeting that a delegation visit all prison facilities that house inmates from Cakaudrove, we have visited Taveuni and Labasa prison and now we are there.”
Mr Boladuadua also said that the Yellow Ribbon Project has brought about change in prison and in Cakaudrove as well.
“The Yellow Ribbon Project shows the change in the Fiji Prisons and Corrections Service and these changes are being accepted in the province.
“The perception in Cakaudrove is that these changes are good.
“We are here today to tell you that the vanua of Cakaudrove accept you as their sons and daughters.
“However, let me remind you that acceptance must come from three areas; the province, your family and yourself.
The chairman of the Cakaudrove Provincial Council told the inmates to return to Cakaudrove after serving their term.
“Come back to Cakaudrove and work the land, use your hands and skills to make a living.”
Inmate Jale Narusa thanked the visiting delegation and sought forgiveness on behalf of the Cakaudrove inmates.
“We thank you for coming to visit us and telling us that the vanua of Cakaudrove will support us on our release.”
Mr Boladuadua said that in their next provincial meeting the members will discuss plans to make land available for returning ex-offenders that want to do commercial farming.
The Cakaudrove delegation also visited the Maximum Prison and the Commercial Sector of the FPCS.
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