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Unprofessional service

Kalesi Mele
Tuesday, December 12, 2017

THE delay of service and unprofessional conduct by civil servants topped complaints raised by the public during the Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption roadshow in the Western Division last Friday.

FICAC communications officer, Nandni Vandhana said while these were not corruption related offences, they were identified as areas which could lead to corruption.

The commission visited 10 areas in the West last Friday as part of its United Against Corruption for Sustainable Development to mark International Anti-Corruption Day.

These areas included Lautoka, Ba, Tavua, Rakiraki, Sigatoka, Nadi, Namaka, Nadi International Airport, Lomolomo and Saweni.

"It almost seemed like a refresher course for the public because not a lot of them are aware of what corruption related offences are," she said.

"For most of us, we had to teach about areas which are conducive to corrupted related activities.

"The roadshow was an opportunity to meet members of the public and hear their concerns, but we also want them to access information so they have a better understanding of what corruption is in the country."

She added that the culture of silence on talking about corrupted related activities remained in Fiji.

"People think it's normal and that's the way things work in Government departments. There's always that reluctance to speak out because they are accustomed to it.

"It's a challenge to get them to know that it's not right and if it's happening they need to report it."

She said abuse of office and bribery topped the list of corruption related offences recorded by the commission this year.

"For the next five years, we hope to streamline corruption prevention schemes in the education curriculum as a way to minimise the problem."

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