THE Ministry of Social Welfare, Women and Poverty Alleviation has signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with the Fiji Corrections Service for the rehabilitation of former offenders under the Yellow Ribbon Program.
The signing, which marked its third anniversary on Tuesday, saw the handover of $100,000 from the ministry's Poverty Alleviation Program budget to the Fiji Corrections Service. The ministry's acting permanent secretary Dr Josefa Koroivueta said the MOA provided a form of transparency for both parties.
"The release of funds to the Fiji Corrections Service will be governed by a memorandum of agreement which will clearly specify key accountabilities of the two parties involved.
"The funds are dedicated to sole purpose of 'In Care' and 'After Care' rehabilitation of prisoners and ex-offenders," Dr Koroivueta stated at the handover ceremony.
Commissioner of Corrections Service, Lieutenant Colonel Ifereimi Vasu acknowledged the ministry's co-operation.
"We have carried out the rehabilitation program so that the inmates can be released back to their communities and can be counted as citizens who contribute towards national development.
"With the $75,000 that was given to the program last year, it has benefited 385 inmates," Lt-Col Vasu revealed.