Opinion

Delaibatiki’s My Say: Out with the Old in with the New

This is an edited version of Nemani Delaibatiki’s My Say in the 4 The Record FBC TV programme last night. At last week’s non-commissioned officer training at Vatuwaqa, Republic of
18 Jun 2018 12:03
Delaibatiki’s My Say: Out with the Old in with the New
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama launches the DigitalFiji app. Photo: DEPTFO News
  • This is an edited version of Nemani Delaibatiki’s My Say in the 4 The Record FBC TV programme last night.

At last week’s non-commissioned officer training at Vatuwaqa, Republic of Fiji Military Forces Chief of Staff Brigadier-General Ro Jone Kalouniwai told participants there was a need for a paradigm shift if the RFMF was to move with time, otherwise it would be left behind.

In other words, if they do not change they could soon become irrelevant.

He is concerned with disciplinary issues in the force. If they do not deal with them appropriately they can become endemic and a major liability to the RFMF.

His message to the participants has a universal ring to it. It is applicable to military and non-military life.

He talks about the need to provide clarity and lessen ambiguity.

We need, he adds, to move away from the old way of thinking that no longer reflects modern-day reality.

What he means is that we must innovate and think outside the box.

We cannot afford to carry on doing things the old way because it will produce the same outcome.

Recently, four RFMF members were sent home from Iraq for disciplinary issues alleged linked to liquor consumption.

There may be other disciplinary issues.

If they have been happening over a period of time then obviously there is a need to investigate the root cause of these problems.

The second step is to find the best solution.

Penalties are just one part of the process.

The other parts include how to eliminate this problem for good.

The fact that this problem may be ongoing suggests something is not working out right and needs a review.

It requires new ideas and action and an understanding of the problem.

Applying the same principle to Government, we can say that it is a large bureaucracy and as such it is fraught with challenges.

When it comes to service delivery, the best way to do it is through decentralisation and simplifying systems so that services can be easily and readily accessible.

Government is definitely going in this direction.

The opening of Government agencies in centres other than Suva such as the Legal Aid Commission, Births, Deaths and Marriages Registry and even passport processing is part of this move.

The latest initiative by the Government, with the launch of its new app digitalFiji, will revolutionise the way we access Government services.

It will simplify the process and make it easier for people to contact Government without leaving home. All you need is an Android mobile phone and internet and you are away. It saves time and money.

Gone are the days when you have to travel to Suva, wait at the counter or join a long queue before you are served or told to come back the next month or next week.

We are joining other countries which are taking advantage of the digital revolution.

Ro Jone’s reference to doing away with the old ways is true in many respects.

Politicians who persist in promoting old policies and rhetorics take us back to a dark past.

They are part of this paradigm or mindset that must change or face irrelevance.

There are more important opportunities now available through technological advancement that we must use to position ourselves for future growth.

Edited by Epineri Vula

Feedback:  nemani.delaibatiki@fijisun.com.fj



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