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Former inmate learns value of time

Nanise Loanakadavu
Monday, January 21, 2013

AFTER spending more than two years behind bars for robbery charges, former inmate of Ba Corrections Centre 22-year-old Maika Nasara has learned to use time wisely.

Mr Nasara was one of the recipients of farming tool assistance from the Fiji Corrections Service last year.

He is concentrating on dalo farming.

"Some may say that living life inside an enclosed prison cell may seem daunting but for me, it really taught me a lesson in life," said Mr Nasara. He said time management and hard work was very important in life to be a successful person.

"The guidance from the corrections officers enabled me to be a productive citizen.

"Before, I wasted a lot of time but now I am very serious about time management," he added.

So far, Mr Nasara has planted more than 2000 dalo tops and it will be harvested in two months' time.

"At the moment, I am working on the market to sell my produce so that I can earn a living. I believe that I will earn more money from farming," he said.

He has urged young people to utilise their land rather than getting involved in criminal activities.

Meanwhile, Fiji Corrections Service media liaison officer west Semesa Uluiviti said the service still needed the support of the community, families and stakeholders to cut down the number of repeat offenders.

"Our main focus now is to rehabilitate those under our care so that they can become productive citizens upon their release," he said.