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Naipote Katonitabua
July 19
10:00 2018

The role of provincial treasurers as watchdogs of the daily financial operations for their provincial councils was re-emphasised by the permanent secretary for iTaukei Affairs, Naipote Katonitabua.

Mr Katonitabua made the call at the workshop for 14 provincial treasurers which he opened in Suva yesterday.

“I am emphasising your role as the watchdogs because the majority of the funding comes directly from members of the respective provinces through the soli-ni-yasana and also through the government subventions funds of the Ministry of iTaukei Affairs,” Mr Katonitabua said.

“Another role that I would like to stress is to account for all money received and money spent and whenever possible where it is invested.”

Mr Katonitabua stressed basic values and principles of administration are important drivers to their culture of service.

“Lastly, it’s about honesty which is an integral part or the moral principles of a treasurer. I would like to urge all of you to maintain high ethical standards and to be more analytical,” he said.

“In my last meeting with you in Nadave I have reminded you all that gone are the days where we sit back and go with the flow or work on business as usual mode.”

Mr Katonitabua reminded the officers of their trend of bad practices within the service which has resulted in the termination of officers in the past some of whom have had their cases referred to the police.

He also emphasised that provincial treasurers need to have leadership traits.

“First and foremost is honesty and integrity. I think that is very critical as a treasurer.

“I would also like you to have more passion and commitment in your work. You will help those decision makers or Roko Tui and his assistants to spend or not to spend or invest funds for provinces.

“Accountability role is very important in the role of a treasurer. And I again re-emphasize that you are accountable to your Roko Tui, the Deputy CEO, the CEO and the Chairman of the iTaukei Affairs Board,” Mr Katonitabua said.


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