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FICAC Message Goes To Southern Lau

FICAC Message Goes To Southern Lau
FICAC team conducting an awareness session at Komo. Photo: FICAC
September 26
01:02 2015

A group from the Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption (FICAC) this week toured islands in southern Lau.

The group is part of Commissioner Eastern, Jovesa Vocea’s delegation to the islands.

FICAC officers had been enlightening islanders about the Commission’s functions, jurisdictions and operations.

They met community members, public officials and students at Ono-i-Lau, Vatoa, Ogea, Fulaga, Kabara, Namuka, Moce, Komo, Oneata, Totoya, Dravuwalu, Matuku and Moala.

FICAC team leader Education and Awareness Peniasi Mualaulau advised public officials serving in rural areas to promote values of good governance, accountability, transparency and integrity in their respective organisations.

“Government officials must adhere and incorporate values of good governance, accountability and transparency to improve service delivery,” Mr Mualaulau said.

“Under the 2013 Constitution, values of administrative conduct clearly stipulate that public officials must be held accountable for the work or service they deliver to the public.”

Public officials must refer to their policies and procedures when dealing with dilemma, he said.

“Public officers must adhere to the code of conduct or refer to their standard operating procedures, policies and processes when faced with ethical dilemma.

“The policies and procedures of the institution act as a guiding tool that assists public officials from succumbing to acts of corruption.”

Awareness sessions were conducted out in schools to teach and motivate students in becoming agents of change in their community.

Assistant education and awareness officer Inoke Drawe advised students to be aware on the impacts of corruption in society.

“Corruption hinders advancement and affects all sectors of life,” Mr Drawe said.

“Misuse of government grants by public officials have affected development and as such FICAC intends to instill values of good governance among students.”

FICAC would conduct more awareness sessions in schools, communities and public institutions to  corruption.




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