Maintain high ethical standards and be more analytical.
Thats the advice of the Permanent Secretary for iTaukei Affairs, Naipote Katonitabua at today’s provincial treasurers workshop held in Suva.
Permanent Secretary for iTaukei Affairs, Naipote Katonitabua did not mince his words calling on treasurers from the various provincial council offices to take their work seriously.
Katonitabua reiterated governments stand on civil servants who have been entrusted with big responsibilities.
I’ve reminded you all that gone are the days where we sit back and go with the flow or work on business as usual mode., and nothing to report when something inappropriate happens. Unfortunately we as management need to intervene. Some of your previous colleagues we have terminated and some of them are facing criminal cases that is still pending with the Fiji police force.”
In terms of leadership, Naipote says that there are key leadership traits he believes would help the civil servants.
Naipote says a lot of these funds are given through trust by the respective provinces or by government for the whole province and not for personal use.
“First and foremost is honesty and integrity, I think that’s very critical as a treasurer.
you’ll need to have some inspirational traits to inspire others in terms of funds that’s there for us all and not just for individuals.”
He says that having a sense of passion for their work coupled with commitment is what will set them apart as treasurers.
Naipote emphasized on the importance of accountability when dealing with money that belongs to a province.