Panapasa: Corrections generated $500K in remittances last year
The Fiji Corrections Service (FCS) generated about $500,000 in remittances last year, says Director Rehabilitation Senior Superintendent Salote Panapasa.
She said the money was from the small business units within the corrections centres.
FCS has a number of business ventures which train and engage inmates in such businesses as operating a joinery, a bakery, a tailoring business and commercial farming. There are currently 2408 inmates in the care of FCS across the 17 corrections centres.
“The objective of these small business units is to provide upskilling programmes for inmates, and we also encourage them to use these skills when they’re released into the communities,” SSP Panapasa said.
“We were able to identify some business stakeholders who have the same business relevant to the skills that they have in the field.
“Before we release them into the community, we visit these stakeholders and give them awareness about the programme that we are doing.”
She said through their partnerships with the business community a few inmates were currently employed at a prominent bakery in one of the suburbs.
Talks are now underway with Australia Pacific Training Coalition (APTC) to provide certified training to inmates in order for them to gain qualifications.