Housing initiative for Fiji Corrections officers

Update: 8:00PM HOUSES and plots of land have been secured at Natogadravu, Nakelo in Tailevu for officers of the Fiji Corrections Service who are nearing retirement.

A statement
issued by the Fiji Corrections Service (FCS) today stated that the initiative, a brainchild of former FCS commissioner Ifereimi Vasu, is designed to provide
housing for retiring officers.

FCS
Acting Commissioner Kameli Ratuvakalevulevu said the initiative was designed to
secure a permanent and proper place for officers to stay when they
retire.

“Among the
benefits of the initiative, the FCS has offered to pay a 5 per cent deposit for
housing loans, however, deductions are made over a period of time from the
officer’s salary to make up for the deposit.”

FCS
properties manager Oliver Fisher said the initiative ensured officers started
working towards owning a home at least 15 years before they retired.

“The
ultimate objective is that every officer owns a home or land before they
retire. So far, 18 officers have been piloted into this initiative. We
facilitate the acquisition of land and also arrange for pre-approved loans for
the officers,” he said.

Mr Fisher
said houses had also been secured at Lagilagi Housing Estate for 10 officers
who are expected to receive the keys to their homes in October this year.

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