The Commissioner of the Fiji Corrections Service (FCS), Francis Kean, has welcomed the allocation for the disciplined service in the 2018-2019 National Budget.
“We’re okay with our budget,” he said after the FCS quarterly church service at Lambert Hall, Suva, yesterday. The total budget for the FCS in 2018-2019 announced by the Attorney-General and Minister for Economy, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, is $41.1 million.
A total of $31.9m is for operating expenditure, $7.8m for capital expenditure and $1.4m for VAT.
The increase of $2.4m in the FCS’s 2018-2019 Budget is mainly attributed to:
An increase in capital expenditure for the demolition of the Suva Main Cell Block and civil works for the Medium Correction Centre; and
Increase in other operating expenditure by $590,000 for maintenance work and the purchase of goods and services.
New initiatives include:
$500,000 is allocated to construct the infirmary at the Lautoka Remand Centre at Natabua;
$100,000 allocated to construct a new visiting room for the Labasa Remand Centre.
$120,000 to construct a new 50-personnel timber barrack open floor training classroom at the Naboro Complex;
$275,000 to replace all locks at Naboro Maximum , Medium, Minimum, Suva, Nasinu and Lautoka Corrections complexes; and
$100,000 for the installation of boulders at the Naboro creek running adjacent to the Minimum Corrections Complex and the TMA office, main gate and vegetable farm, which is essential for controlling the flow of water during intense rainy periods; and
$100,000 to undertake the preparatory works at the new supervisor’s office in Labasa.
One of the ongoing initiatives is operating modern, functional Corrections facilities run by well-trained staff.
The inmates have their rights and Mr Kean said Corrections officers must respect those rights.
The Commissioner of Corrections said officers must ensure at all times that whatever they did was in compliance with the United Nations minimum standards for the treatment of inmates under the Geneva Convention.
The convention requires one officer to look after four inmates.