FCS and Methodist church ink MOU

Commissioner of Corrections, Commander Francis Kean (right) and President of the Methodist Church in Fiji, Reverend Epineri Vakadewavosa shake hands after signing their MoU to improve the effectiveness of rehabilitation of ex-offenders who are members of the Methodist Church. Picture: ATU RASEA

FIJI Corrections Service signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to improve the effectiveness of the rehabilitation of former offenders who are members of the Methodist Church in Fiji.

The CARE Network agreement was signed between the commissioner of Corrections, Commander Francis Kean and the president of the Methodist Church in Fiji, the Rev Epineri Vakadewavosa, in Suva on Tuesday.

Commander Kean said they were privileged to have the church on board, partnering with them to restore lives as part of their rehabilitation work.

“They will share the gospel of rehabilitation for those who have fallen on the wrong side of the law, most importantly, partnering with us in delivering spiritual counselling and also character guide and counselling especially for those under my care,” he added.

Mr Vakadewavosa said that more than 1000 inmates in correction centres around the country were from the Methodist church.

“That is a very huge number and we are trying very hard to resolve the issue and we have a very wide machinery spread all over the 58 divisions of the church in Fiji, the resources which we are offering, that is already in place.

“I think those will be very useful in the rehabilitation work for our people here and for those coming out in due time,” he added.

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