Fiji Bureau of Statistics CEO escorted out of his office

FBoS Chief Executive, Kemueli Naiqama (left) with RBF Governor, Mr Ariff Ali during the MOU signing. Picture: SUPPLIED/RESERVE BANK

Fiji Bureau of Statistics chief executive officer Kemueli Naiqama was escorted out of his office earlier today.

The Fiji Times is still trying to ascertain whether Mr Naiqama was dismissed and the grounds for his dismissal.

Eye-witnesses outside Suva’s Sukuna House claimed Mr Naiqama was escorted out of his office by “a few men”.

During a press conference on Tuesday night, Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said Mr Naiqama did not act in line with Government policy by collecting and announcing ethnic and religious data while conducting surveys.

He said this while labelling the 2019-2020 Household Income and Expenditure Survey as flawed.

He said Mr Naiqama also breached section 5 of the Statistics Act and warned it was “a separate matter that needs to be dealt with.”

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