Fiji Sun - - Fiji Today - RONEEL KARTHIK

Con­trac­tors were yes­ter­day warned against get­ting in­volved in bribery and cor­rup­tion. The warn­ing was made at a Fiji Elec­tric­ity Author­ity work­shop in Suva. Sa­muela Seru, a mem­ber of the FEA team con­duct­ing the work­shop said: “Don’t let greed for money or bribery take over you.” He said con­trac­tors should re­frain from un­fair trad­ing. Con­cerns he said had been raised that FEA had been al­legedly work­ing with some il­le­gal op­er­a­tors get­ting ad­van­tages and ac­cept­ing bribery.

“Con­trac­tors please don’t take bribery. Don’t let that greed over­come you,” Mr Seru said. He said this was a spe­cial gath­er­ing since they did not have any meet­ing this year due to cir­cum­stances af­ter Trop­i­cal Cy­clone Win­ston. “This is a nor­mal event, how­ever, the meet­ing is held quar­terly in the var­i­ous di­vi­sions,” he said.

“This is the first time for the event to be held on a scale whereby all con­trac­tors gath­ered at one place here in Suva.

On the train­ing of more elec­tri­cians, he said: “I have been in con­tact with FNU head of school, they have close to 150 plus com­ing out of the schools as elec­tri­cians. “Th­ese elec­tri­cians will be em­ployed by you as con­trac­tors.You will train and em­ploy them. They have to be reg­is­tered.

He said: “Most elec­tri­cal con­trac­tors do not reg­is­ter their elec­tri­cal work­ers. “The FEA has to be in­formed of reg­is­tra­tion changes and staffing changes. If a new per­son comes as elec­tri­cian, in­form FEA.” He said the FEA should also be told when em­ploy­ees of con­trac­tors leave.

Fiji Elec­tric­ity Author­ity em­ploy­ees yes­ter­day met pri­vate elec­tri­cal con­trac­tors in Suva to dis­cuss ways they can im­prove their ser­vice de­liv­ery.

This was an ex­cel­lent ini­tia­tive and it helped to elim­i­nate mis­un­der­stand­ing about their roles. Con­cern was raised about un­reg­is­tered elec­tri­cians and the need for them to be reg­is­tered. The is­sue of bribery and cor­rup­tion was also raised. Ev­ery­one was warned that it was not worth it be­cause of its neg­a­tive im­pact on peo­ple’s lives.

We all know that the ben­e­fits of do­ing things law­fully far out­weigh other con­sid­er­a­tions. The FEA must be com­mended for this ini­tia­tive.

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