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Inmates and prison guards plant pine

Felix Chaudhary
Sunday, January 11, 2015

INMATES and guards from the Fiji Corrections Service centre at Natabua in Lautoka are participating in a pine planting program at Lololo on the outskirts of the Sugar City.

Corrections spokeswoman Kuini Waqasavou said the first batch of officers and inmates involved in the program totalled 40.

"There are 20 inmates and 20 officers taking part in pine planting, however, this number will be boosted in the next few weeks," she said.

Ms Waqasavou said apart from contributing to the economy, inmates would financially benefit from the program.

"Upon completing their sentence, they will collect cheques as a reward for their hard work.

"We view this as a win-win situation because Fiji Pine benefits, the country gains and the work assist us in our efforts to rehabilitate these inmates."

Commissioner of Prisons Lieutenant Colonel Ifereimi Vasu spoke to inmates and officers at the start of the pine planting exercise where he urged them to put in their best efforts for the benefit of the industry and country.

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