Auditor General promises independent investigation into VNPFPosted: August 21, 2012
VBTC Radio News began today with Auditor General John Path promising an overseas investigator to conduct the inquiry into the mismanagement of VNPF affairs. He promises this solution “because of the high public interest” in the matter and the need to regain public confidence in the retirement fund. August 27 is the last day for tenders and the final report will be given to the Parliamentary accounts committee as well as the Minister of Finance.
The Phocea farce occupies the full front page of Daily Post today. In the magistrates’ court US model Faviola Brugger Dadis was fined only vt70,000 for obstructing Customs, Maritime and Police officials when they boarded the mega-yacht Phocea, the vessel which entered Mele Bay ignoring proper entry requirements. Phocea personnel came and went from the ship for three days before officials discovered it behind Ifira and obtained a search warrant. Two Vanuatu Government Ministers are known to have boarded.
The Malvatumauri wants people to show respect when they come to meetings in the country’s most highly regarded nakamal. Acting CEO Alicta Vuti says that as a place in which peace often has to be re-established, this respect is a great necessity. He was speaking after at least one big meeting to discuss the mismanagement of the affairs of the VNPF when many hundreds of people crowded in and many raised their voices. “Respect in the nakamal must be the same as in a court, the church or Parliament,” he told VBTC Radio News.
A ceremony was held last Friday to mark the completion of the draft for Senior Curriculum Reform for both French and English. Principal Education Officer Charley Robert said when the work is completed it will “allow both the French- and English-speaking students to enter any university, whether English or French, if they have the ability and capability to reach this stage.” Implementation, he told Daily Post, should be in 2014.
The ashes of the late, highly respected educationalist John Bent, buried at Kawenu Teachers College recently, where he taught from 1969, have had a coconut tree planted above them by his son, visiting from England, Daily Post reports. Aidan Bent also launched the John Bent Memorial Scholarship Fund which will pay for a student every year at the Vanuatu Institute of Teacher Education. Daily Post has the details.