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Written By : Sun Fiji Newsroom. The Methodist Church of Fiji yesterday acknowledged its commitment to help prison authorities in their rehabilitation programmes.
Church president Reverend Laisiasa Ratabacaca said he was honoured to be invited by the Prisons Commissioner Iowane Naivalurua to visit the prisons.
Senior members of the church were taken on a tour by Mr Naivalurua and his officials through the Naboro Maximum prison and later to the Suva prison to visit women prisoners.
Rev Ratabacaca spoke to the prisoners and encouraged them to be faithful to their spiritual dedication while they were in captivity.
A prison officer then presented a tabua to the church on behalf of the inmates as a way of trying to mend the relationship between the church, vanua and society.
Rev Ratabacaca accepted the traditional apology saying that the church played a role in trying to help offenders have a second chance and the opportunity to positively contribute to society.
This is also part of the Fiji Prisons and Correction Service through an initiative of the Singapore Prison Service , namely the Yellow Ribbon Project.
Mr Naivalurua said it was the first time a Methodist Church president had visited.
“This is not new approach that we are doing. It is the old rehabilitation programme but the way we are carrying is different,” he said.