MINISTER for Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations, Hon. Jone Usamate yesterday instructed the compliance and enforcement officials of his ministry to weed out bribery and corruption.
This was highlighted by Minister Usamate after being made aware by ministry officials that some members of the public were attempting to bribe compliance and enforcement officers for personal gain.
Minister Usamate said that the Ministry will strictly enforce a ‘No Drop Policy’ on such matters.
” The Ministry will carry out the review of relevant policies and procedures in place on how to deal with matters involving bribery or attempted bribery.”
He added that the Ministry will vigorously pursue cases involving corruption and bribery and will also be very strict in the manner in which it deals with staff members who take up any such payments or gifts.
“As civil servants we must be honest about how we do things, exercise good work ethics and perform our duties in an impartial and professional manner,” Minister Usamate said.
Minister Usamate further added that members of the public who persuade, induce or influence any of his Ministry officials to perform such acts for their own benefits will also be vigorously pursued and investigated. The Ministry is currently undertaking one such investigation where there was an attempt to bribe one of its officers.
Officials similarly were informed to declare to the Ministry any direct or indirect receipt of gifts, presents, shares or other benefits secured or obtained by them in connection to their official duties.
The Employment Minister is also urging members of the public to report bribery or any act of corruption by the employment ministry officials to the Ministry’s headquarters with sufficient evidence.