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Prison officers need more Government support, says Prison Minister

Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 24/07/2019

The Minister of Justice & Prisons highlighted the significance for the government to empower the daily operations of the Ministry of Prisons to protect the country from the harmful effects of drugs as he believes they are not doing enough.

This was part of his address this morning to officially open the annual conference of the Tonga Prison Officers.

In his remarks – Vuna Fa’otusia highlighted the important role the prison officers do to maintain peace in the country especially towards combatting the negative effects of drugs.

Fa’otusia believes the government is not doing enough to strengthen these officers in their important roles to combat criminal activities.

Vuna hopes the officers’ hard work will be reflected in the future through the inmates’ actions.

Meanwhile, Prison Commissioner – Semisi Tapueluelu elaborated on the importance of working together with related stakeholders to ensure those released from prison will not commit crimes in the future.

Attending the conference are prison officers from Tongatapu, also from the outer islands including Ha’apai, Vava’u and ‘Eua.

The theme for this year’s conference – “To do justice, is to love mercy.”

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