VANUATU OFFICIALS VISIT INDUSTRIOUS FIJI PRISON

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Naboro Correctional Complex teaches inmates trades

By Repeka Nasiko SUVA, Fiji (Fijilive, Sept. 14, 2011) – Vanuatu Charge D’Affaires Kanaam Wilson Naplaui visited the Naboro Correctional complex to see first-hand progress of the Fiji corrections’ industries’ commercialization. Naplaui was accompanied by a delegation including the Chief of Staff Karlshem Bongran, Budget manager for the Vanuatu Police John Colwick and manager Executive Services of Vanuatu’s Internal Affairs Ministry, Jones Ephraim.

They were met by the acting Commissioner Corrections Superintendent Akuila Namakadre, Supervisor Southern Division, A/SUPT Josefa Kulinidilo and other senior officers. The delegation took a tour of the Bread of Life bakery, the piggery and also had a look at the vegetable and root crop farms. Naplaui said they were very interested in the way the correctional service ran its industries which were driven to be commercially viable.

"I think it is very good. I’ve heard that when these inmates leave prison they actually become very useful citizens and put to use what they have learnt while serving time," Naplaui said in a statement. The Naboro complex houses four institutions – maximum, medium, minimum and the Pre-Release Centre.

[PIR editor's note: Plans for the Naboro prison complex were announced in 2005-2006 at the cost of FJ$35 million (US$20 million) and would occupy around 300 acres for four facilities. The prison complex was hoped to combat the marked overcrowding of Fiji's penitentiaries while also allowing for support facilities to prisoners who could maintain their dignity.]

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