A BUA chief has called on the people in the province to leave their differences aside and support the Yellow Ribbon project for the purpose of redirecting former offenders back into the society.
In his address at the launch yesterday, Ratu Amenatave Rabona said some people in the province still doubted the effectiveness of the project.
Ratu Amenatave said some disregarded former offenders when they were released from corrections facilities.
He said the project was a testing ground because it determined people's reaction when inmates were released back into the community after serving their sentences.
He urged the people of Bua to support it for the sake of their loved ones.
He also thanked the government for having the insight to launch the project in the area because it would act as a guideline and a reminder.
Ratu Amenatave said it was prudent to accept and forgive those who broke the law once but were ready to turn a new leaf in life.
Assistant commissioner of prisons Superintendent Kameli Vakalevulevuya urged the public, especially youths, to support the project and not to offend or reoffend to ensure a crime-free province.