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Abuse of govt vehicles reflects badly on PSC

July 3, 2012 5:04 am

The military has expressed its concern at the high number of government vehicles operating after working hours.

Land Force Commander Colonel Mosese Tikoitoga says this is not the kind of image the government wants as it aims to weed out corruptive practises.

“This is indicative of the kind of PSC that we have. And we have to make corrective measures. If this is one of them, then so be it. But there are other issues involved. This is not only the abuse of vehicles, it is the abuse of office hours, it is the abuse of meal funds. But it all accumulates to office funds.”

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Tikoitoga is urging all Permanent secretaries to ensure that all civil servants do not abuse government resources.

“To the Permanent Secretaries and heads of departments…you need to see to the use of government resources that we have and not take for granted that people people under our responsibilities or our sub-ordinates are doing the right thing. There needs to be systems and processes provided to ensure that resources under your responsibilities are kept. There should be concern to those offices if their vehicles are impounded because to us, it is indicative of the type of leadership there is in each of these departments.”

31 government vehicles were impounded in the past two weeks during a joint operation by Police and military officers.

Eight were released while five more were impounded last night.

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