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LTA’s Crackdown On Corruption Will Help RestoreConfidence

The Government’s zero tolerance on corruption continues like a juggernaut across the full spectrum of national life. Cases involving ordinary people and those in high places have been successfully prosecuted
29 Nov 2014 11:46
LTA’s Crackdown On Corruption Will Help RestoreConfidence

The Government’s zero tolerance on corruption continues like a juggernaut across the full spectrum of national life. Cases involving ordinary people and those in high places have been successfully prosecuted in court.

One Government agency that frequently comes under the public spotlight is the Land Transport Authority (LTA).

This week, the LTA revealed that four of its officers had been sacked for corruption.

But those members of the public who allegedly offered the bribes are still roaming free. They need to be tracked down and be held accountable in the interests of justice and fairness.

The instigators had allegedly bribed the officers in return for favours.They wanted to jump the queue in the LTA process and they had taken advantage of the four who accepted the bribes.

Members of the public are advised to report to the LTA any suspicious or any corrupt activities involving any LTA officer.

LTA’s prompt action, once it discovered the scam, is commendable. It’s message is loud and clear: It will not tolerate corruption.

Naisa Tuinaceva has declared: “No matter who he is and how senior his position is, if he violates the institution’s discipline and law of the country, he will be seriously dealt with and punished to the full extent of the law, because everybody is equal before the law.”

The LTA action will help towards restoring public confidence in an organisation that over the years has come under constant public scrutiny. The public perception is that the LTA is riddled with corruption. Many allegations are purely perceptions and have no factual basis. But there are other cases which have been proven which give the LTA a bad name.

Transport, public and private, is one of the major industries in Fiji. Because it’s essential and drives a lot of our economic activities, it gets close public attention. It also concerns public safety.

Any illegal activity has the potential to compromise this safety.

When a person bribes an officer to certify fitness for a vehicle that could be seriously defective, it’s an extremely dangerous situation. That vehicle becomes a virtual death trap for its passengers. That’s the implication.

Corruption has caused considerable damage to this country through missed development opportunities and loss of valuable human lives.

Everyone needs to pitch in to eradicate this evil from our society. If you have the slightest suspicion about corrupt activities, contact Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption (FICAC) and let it do its work.

Mr Tuinaceva will appreciate any help the public offers to rid the LTA of corrupt officers.

 

 




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