Fiji’s Housing Authority and Public Rental Board (PRB) are the latest organizations to join the nationwide ‘I don’t accept bribes’ campaign currently underway.
Housing Authority Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Robert Sen stated that Monday’s launch symbolizes the commitment of both organizations to creating a culture of anti-bribery to ensure their services are delivered with efficiency, transparency and accountability.
He encouraged all who were present to adhere to the theme of the campaign and to share the message of anti-bribery with their colleagues and families.
Sen reminded them that it was their responsibility to ensure compliance to the newly launched anti-corruption policy to ensure its success and pledged their support to combating bribery.
Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption (FICAC) Manager Corruption Prevention Kolora Naliva acknowledged the proactive support and steps taken by both organizations to be part of the ‘I don’t accept bribes’ campaign.
She emphasized that their conscious choice to wear the badge proudly is significant because it will remind them of their duty to be honest and to live up to the values and expectations placed on them as Housing Authority and PRB employees.
Housing Authority Board Chair Lorraine Seeto reiterated their dedication to moving forward with integrity in order to safeguard the reputation of their respective institutions.
“The message is there now; if you do something that is not right, you will get reported on and we’ll let the law take its course.”
She further stressed that anyone doing something wrong will get caught eventually and called on everyone to be mindful and take ownership, responsibility and accountability for all the work they do.
“If we do it right from the beginning, it will always be right at the end,” she said.
Close to 200 Housing Authority and PRB employees in the Central and Western offices are expected to undergo their anti-bribery training and receive their ‘I don’t accept bribes’ badges this week.
The ‘I don’t accept bribes’ campaign is a joint initiative by FICAC and the United Nations Pacific Regional Anti-Corruption (UN-PRAC) Project aimed at educating civil servants about the evils of bribery and enlisting their support to create workplaces with zero tolerance to bribery and corruption. Five (5) civil service institutions have undergone their anti-bribery training and received their badges so far.