REMUNERATION for all FNPF executives can only be approved by the board through the recommendation of the CEO.
This was made clear by FNPF chief executive Aisake Taitio who gave evidence in the High Court yesterday before Justice Janaka Bandara in the case against former deputy general manager Foana Tukana Nemani.
Mrs Nemani is charged with extortion by a public officer and abuse of office during her employment with the company.
It is alleged she accepted a reward of $26,487.12 on the first count between July 2005 and January 2007. On the second count, she allegedly authorised a responsibility allowance for $33,000.
FICAC lawyer Rashmi Aslam questioned Mr Taito who was responsible for authorising payments of responsibility allowances.
Mr Taito said the board was the only power to issue entitlements or any changes to contracts, including responsibility allowances, which would then be given to the CEO to delegate.
Asked if the CEO could authorise payments to his executives without the approval of the board, Mr Taito said no.
The FICAC lawyer also asked if the deputy general manager could authorise payments without the CEO's authorisation.
"No, if they do that they are subject to an internal audit," Mr Taito said.
He elaborated that compensation for responsibilities other than what was in the terms and conditions of one's contract was only authorised by the board.
Mr Taito said since he joined FNPF as CEO in February 2007, he was not aware of any approval of allowances for grades five and six, which were the executives and CEO respectively.
The trial continues today.