Officials reminded to enforce law – FBC News

Officials reminded to enforce law – FBC News

Officials reminded to enforce law – FBC News

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Former Chief Executive of the Prime Minister’s Office, Jioji Kotobalavu, has stressed to civil servants the importance of striking a balance between politics and good governance.

This is in response to concerns about nepotism in the appointment of individuals to various government ministries.

He says that every civil servant appointed by the government must abide by the laws and is expected to adhere to good governance.

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According to Kotobalavu, appointments should be made solely on the basis of merit to ensure fairness for all those interested in government employment.

“A minister may politely ask you, ‘Hey Boso, I have a family member for the job.’ He will tell you to hire that person. What are you going to do? You know, in our culture as iTaukei … you respect what you have heard. If he tells you that … you say, okay, be careful with the law.”


Former Chief Executive of the Prime Minister’s Office, Jioji Kotobalavu

Kotobalavu has called on people in authority to always uphold the law in their respective departments and ministries within government.

“So you’ll find that the law gives you authority or power as a decision maker, but it also tells you what to look for in protecting the rights of those who are adversely affected by it.”

Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka has also reminded all decision-makers to avoid favouritism when appointing people to the government.

“So, they must continue to work in accordance with the power given to them by the constitution. Also be aware of the demands of the people and the political government of the nation.”

The coalition government says it has made efforts to review and reform the civil service as part of its drive to improve the functioning of government.