Update: 9:44PM FIJIS Public Service Commission has confirmed the appointment of Tevita Boseiwaqa as the Permanent Secretary for Lands and Mineral Resources.
Mr Boseiwaqa, who has been acting in the position since June last year, joined the civil service in 1963 as an assistant teacher, and gradually got promoted to various positions including principal.
In a government statement, PSC chairman Josefa Serulagilagi said Mr Boseiwaqa had proven leadership qualities and attributes that would be put to good use at the ministry.
The statement said that in 2002, Mr Boseiwaqa was appointed Principal Research Officer in the Prime Ministers Office before taking up the position of Director Research and Development with the Ministry of Provincial Development in 2009.
In 2011, Mr Boseiwaqa was promoted to the post of Deputy Secretary for Defence, National Security and Immigration where he served until his posting to the Ministry of Lands and Mineral Resources as Acting Permanent Secretary in June 2012, said the statement.
His job as the Permanent Secretary for Lands and Mineral Resources dictates that Mr Boseiwaqa will be responsible to the Minister for the formulation and implementation of policies and strategies relating to State Land Administration and Research, Land survey and development, Valuation of State Land, National Geological Survey and manages the development of Mining and quarrying Sector.
He will have to liaise with relevant stakeholders to ensure quick delivery of services in the areas of mining applications, survey plans checking and leasing.
The appointment, effective from Friday last Friday will be for three years.