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The National Fire Authority has started a new journey as staff based at the Headquarters in Walu Bay attended a Corruption and Risk Management workshop.
This workshop was conducted by the Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption (FICAC) officers.
We all must congratulate NFA Chief Executive Officer, Mr John O’Connor, NFA for dealing the problem of corruption in the workplace.
The main objective of this journey is to ensure that employees have “zero tolerance” for corruption and fraud and that they are aware of their responsibilities in line with the Crimes Decree.
This workshop is important as it will remind NFA employees about their responsibilities and create awareness on what constitutes fraud and corruption. This will assist everyone to take proactive measures to deal with a problem that costs the government millions of dollars in lost revenue and compromises the integrity of government institutions.
Mr O’Connor said the NFA was in the process of transforming itself into a more professional, transparent and efficient organisation and this would be achieved with a competent, skilled and motivated work force that are loyal, transparent, honest, passionate and committed to their individual jobs and to NFA.
He urged all NFA staff to learn as much as possible from the workshop but more importantly to practice what they learnt to safeguard their interests and the interests of the NFA.
Corruption hurts everybody. It is an added tax on citizens of a country, collected not by the state but by unscrupulous people using their “entrusted power for their private gain.”
NFA has now joined other government departments in their fight agains corruption.
Now NFA wants its staff to have integrity, display honesty and ethical behaviour, devoid of nepotism and cronyism and follow properly instituted codes of conduct in a transparent and accountable manner.
Most of all they must accept the rule of law as the cardinal law.
Corruption is both a major cause and a result of poverty around the world. It occurs at all levels of society, from local and national governments, civil society, judiciary functions, large and small businesses, military and other services and so on.
Corruption affects the poorest the most, in rich or poor nations, though all elements of society are affected in some way as corruption undermines political development, democracy, economic development, the environment, people’s health and more.
Tackling corruption and abuse of the system is vital to restoring people’s trust and recovering from the current economic crisis. Public sector corruption results in poorer public services, while in the private sector the cost is passed on to consumers who end up paying more for their goods and services.
We must congratulate NFA for this initiative and hope its employees will be united in supporting its zero tolerance on corruption.