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Seruiratu: Will Not Condone Indiscipline From Field Officers

A field officer from the Ministry of Agriculture is currently under investigation for alleged money laundering and bribery. This was revealed yesterday during a talanoa session led by the Minister
07 Jan 2017 11:00
Seruiratu: Will Not Condone Indiscipline From Field Officers
Minister for Agriculture Inia Seruiratu.

A field officer from the Ministry of Agriculture is currently under investigation for alleged money laundering and bribery.

This was revealed yesterday during a talanoa session led by the Minister for Agriculture, Inia Seruiratu, and his team while meeting rice farmers after the ground-breaking ceremony of the Rewa Rice Limited’s new mill complex at Dreketi in Vanua Levu.

One of the farmers, Pyare Singh Jijja, had raised the matter because he wanted to know if there was any progress made following their many complaints to the Agriculture Office in Labasa.

Mr Seruiratu then asked the Northern Principal Agriculture Officer (PAO), Paula Tuione, if he had received the complaint or not.

Mr Tuione confirmed that he had received the letter of complaint and had sent it to the Ministry of Agriculture headquarters and investigations were continuing.

Mr Seruiratu also told the farmers during the talanoa session that if there were any complaints about his staff members, people should follow the right channel, and if possible, inform the Commissioner Northern first.

In an interview with the Fiji Sun, Mr Seruiratu said such actions and behaviour by Government workers would not be condoned.

“We always have people as such in any institutions and work force and that’s where leadership comes in, and that is why leadership is demanding,” Mr Seruiratu said.

“This is where people need to take ownership and responsibility.

“We do not condone corrupt practices. We do not want to see our customers mistreated.

“Customer service is something that needs to be improved and we are looking into that.

“The one of the reasons why I came with my senior management to the North so that we can hear from our customers and see how we can improve.”

The Minister is in the Northern Division visiting successful agriculture projects in all the three provinces and meet the Ministry’s field officers.

He will be in Bua today and returns to Suva tomorrow. He is accompanied by his deputy secretary Uraia Waibuta, and Permanent Secretary for Agriculture, Jitendra Singh.

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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