A FORMER inmate has received a perfect new year's present from officers of the Fiji Corrections Service in Lautoka on New Year's Eve.
As part of the Yellow Ribbon and Rehabilitation Program Eloni Nakacia received a surprise visit from corrections officers who presented a barbecue set including lamb chops and sausages to help him start a new life.
West Corrections Supervisor Assistant Superintendent Oliver Fisher said the assistance was part of the Rehabilitation Poverty Alleviation Assistance Fund.
The former inmate said the income from the barbecue set would be a source of income for his family.
"My plan is to start a small business and I welcome the move by the Fiji Corrections Service to donate a barbecue set worth $900 to me.
"I always wanted to go into the barbecue business while in prison and now my dream has become a reality," Mr Nakacia said.
He said he started business on New Year's Eve earning more than $130.
"This is a good start for me and I am happy to proceed with this business since I will generate more income," he said.
Mr Nakacia said he would make sure the set was maintained because it was expensive and this would be his bread and butter.