Work on new Suva remand centre begins
25 April, 2012
Work has begun on the site of the new Suva Remand Centre following the signing of
an agreement last week.
Work on the new Suva Remand Centre has begun after the contract was recently signed between the Commissioner of Corrections Lieutenant Colonel Ifereimi Vasu and Western Builders Limited.
The new building, which will also house an Immigration Detention centre, is expected to house 200 remand inmates upon completion.
“While this is the first time for the Fiji Corrections Service to have special space allocated specifically for those on remand, the new centre is expected to greatly ease the age-old problem of overcrowding at our correction centres,” FCS spokeswoman Ana Tamani said.
“Over the years the number of people convicted by the courts has increased dramatically together with those on remand.
“However the capacity for their accommodation has remained thus putting a massive strain on our resources,” Mrs Tamani said.
With a total cost of $11.6 million, the project is expected to be completed in eight months time.
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