Four top staff members of the Maritime Safety Authority of Fiji had their contracts terminated yesterday afternoon.
Those sacked include the acting chief executive officer John Tunidau, manager finance Navin Kamlesh, manager human resources Louisa Tuimabualau and senior engineer examiner/surveyor Ieli Sefeti.
Captain Philip Hill has been appointed the acting CEO.
Permanent Secretary of Infrastructure and chairman of the new MSAF board David Kolitagane has confirmed that the four were terminated because of alleged discrepancies in MSAF finances.
“I can confirm that we have made a number of changes to some of the senior positions in MSAF. We have terminated four positions including that of the acting CEO, which has come about basically due to mismanagement and lack of good governance. We had received a lot of complaints from our clients and customers,” he said.
“The new Board is focused on improving service delivery and instilling good governance practices.
“I have also talked to the staff of MSAF today and have informed them of the changes and have given them comfort that the Board will work with them.”
The Auditor-General’s report had also highlighted some financial
discrepancies which are yet to be sorted out.
Attempts to get comments from the sacked four proved unsuccessful.
The MSAF Board
The Authority’s Board members are:
David Kolitagane – PS Infrastructure;
Jay Whyte – Businessman;
Satya Nand – Navtarang Programme Director;
Anabel Ali – Group Financial Controller of Fiji Fish Marketing Group; and
Ofa Solimailagi – Lawyer
According to its website, the vision of the Maritime Safety Authority of Fiji (MSAF) is to be a dynamic, internationally respected regulator, provider and promoter of maritime safety, and marine environment protection. It says the mission of MSAF is to constantly strive to implement the critical initiatives required to achieve its Vision. In doing this, MSAF will deliver operational excellence in every aspect of the organisation and meet or exceed MSAF commitments to the many stakeholders MSAF serve.