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Letters October 27 2014

Beddoes around Amenatave Yaconisau, Suva The Opposition, I am reliably informed, is more or less agreed on the appointment of Mick Beddoes to be around the office. He should devote
27 Oct 2014 09:49

Beddoes around
Amenatave Yaconisau, Suva
The Opposition, I am reliably informed, is more or less agreed on the appointment of Mick Beddoes to be around the office.
He should devote himself exclusively to the needs of the Opposition office and enhance business interest as well.
The announcement is intended to convince the assembled Parliament of the Opposition’s good faith to whip the horse in their party organisation. The party clubhouse is serious.
There can really be one or two reasons responsible for the appointment. He is the best choice to be wary of the frustration involved in Opposition’s power politik.
A more cynical explanation is one of political suicide to employ a man not held in great affection from election results. Be that as it may he seems to be a skilled political consultant for the party.
Let’s wait and see.

True excellence
Savenaca Vakaliwaliwa, Nasinu
The civil service had its excellence awards a week ago and there are big plans for improving the entire civil service.
The excellence awards were made before the Auditor General’s Report for the last few years were made public.
Soon the Budget for 2015 will be announced and Government departments will know if their 2015 operating budget has been increased or slashed.
Nothing much could be done with the Auditor General’s report for the previous years but as we move forward with a democratically elected Government, the public want excellence, not only in work performance and service delivery but in the strict control of public monies also.
Many cases highlighted by the Auditor General seem to indicate that there are no internal controls or internal audits within departments and ministries to fix the problems early before it is picked up by the Auditor General.
A department or ministry that gets an adverse report by the Auditor General in a year should be warned to pull up its socks with regards to the spending of public funds before the announcement of the budget for the following year.
In a nutshell, when the civil services have their excellence awards, it should take into account all its current features including the Auditor General’s report.
This ensures that when the next year’s budget is announced, they will scrutinize its accounts so that the Auditor General has nothing to report.
This, in the eyes of the public concerned with public funds and service delivery is true excellence, and should be rewarded with an award.



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