Lockington's Everyday Fiji ... Life Goes On
Allen Lockington is a self-employed customs agent and business consultant who has regular articles published in Fiji. I thank Allen for permission to reprint some of them in this political blog. They remind us that life goes on, whatever the political situation. And it's good to know that.
Abuse in Government
We should ask the question: Why it this happening?
There are several things, with reference to funds abuse that I can think of: Low wages, a want of things that the ordinary salary can’t afford, a weakness for money, corrupt and unethical practices, weak will power and self image, and not understanding the law. As for abuse of office, I feel people just don’t know their laws and regulations and where they are supposed to draw the line. Or the person may just be a pompous ass.
What Fiji needs is to bring back the government audit system where the team goes to each government department and statutory body every so often and check books, ledgers, attendance registers, cash books, and so on. They should also interview staff and have work shops to inform everyone about their role and how to conduct themselves. To put it simply, we need to keep our people on their toes so to speak.
Looking at the number of cases highlighted in the recent report, I wonder how many of these are people are happily married with children and have a standing in social and religious organisations.