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Labasa Town Council commits to the Anti-Bribery Goals

Media Team   |   14 Jun 2022

The Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption (FICAC) has expanded the anti-bribery campaign and integrity efforts in the Northern Division by embracing stakeholders keen on taking up the campaign and spreading the message of anti-bribery across the Friendly North.


The Labasa Town Council has joined the “I don’t accept bribes” campaign, a joint nationwide initiative by FICAC with the UN Development Programme (UNDP) under the United Nations Pacific Regional Anti-Corruption (UN-PRAC) project funded by the New Zealand Government.


The launch of the anti-bribery campaign took place in the presence of officials of the Labasa Town Council and representatives from FICAC on 25 May 2022 in Labasa.


In the opening address, Legal Officer of the Labasa Town Council Mr. Akash Prasad stated “Bribery and corrupt practices are prevalent in places where financial transactions are involved. I urge the council staff to see where their moral commitments lie and make honest decisions”.


Speaking during the launch, Manager Investigations West/North Mr. Uwate Biutanaseva stated “It is vital for management of the municipal councils to view corruption and bribery as a risk in their daily operations and devise strategies that counter these on the ground. We need organisational policies to be well fabricated with measures to counter corruption and bribery.”


“The Commission strongly believes that the fight against bribery is everyone’s duty and all of us have a moral obligation to contribute towards this cause. We must remember that bribery and corruption thrive with our indifferences and is harmful. It is against the Government policies; it is against the needed development and it deprives the poor citizens of this country,” added Mr. Biutanaseva.


In his concluding remarks, Manager Investigations West/North Mr. Uwate Biutanaseva encouraged the Officers of Labasa Town Council to join forces with the Commission to denounce bribery as the way forward to a better Fiji.


“Hence, let us stand united and do our part with utmost integrity, transparency and accountability in order to succeed as a nation in terms of improving the livelihoods of all those who call Fiji their home,” added Mr. Biutanaseva.


The campaign is supported by UNDP under the United Nations Pacific Regional Anti-Corruption (UN-PRAC) project funded by the New Zealand Government.