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MSAF operations stabilized says PS

June 3, 2018 7:07 pm

Despite the termination of four senior managers and the CEO, operations at the Maritime Safety Authority has been stabilised according to the Board Chair and Permanent Secretary for Infrastructure – David Kolitagane.

The PS says given the significant sackings, the board worked to ensure that support staff were in place to run the authority as normal.

FBC News understands the board will consider the appointment of an audit team to oversee alleged financial discrepancies at MSAF.

“We will have to discuss and go through the normal processes as through the legal and how best we can protect the institution and our ultimate aim is to stabilise the institution.”

Kolitagane confirms that other than claims of financial misuse, there were an overwhelming list of complaints by MSAF staff and various stakeholders on a number of issues the authority had oversight of.

Terminated from MSAF was the CEO John Tunidau, the Human Resource Manager Louisa Tuimabualau, the Finance Manager Navin Kamlesh and Ieli Sefeti, a Senior Engineer.

Captain Philip Hill has been appointed as the acting CEO.