Health issues prompt Khan’s resignation

THE Fiji Sugar Corporation could have a new CEO soon, says Acting Prime Minister and Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum.

Speaking to the media in Lautoka yesterday, he said the decision by Abdul Khan to step down from the position as of Wednesday this week would not affect the day-to-day operations of the miller.

“Mr Khan has left as a result of pressing health issues and the advertisement will be coming out in the next couple of days for the CEO position,” said Mr Sayed-Khaiyum.

“We think the position will be filled fairly quickly.

“There are quite a few people and the right people who may be interested in the position.

“The fact is we do have an acting CEO, it’s not that the CEO has left that everything will come to a standstill, it will continue.”

FSC’s general manager operations Mikaele Biukoto is acting CEO. Mr Khan said he was resigning to address health issues and to focus on his company, AJYNK Ltd. He also said he left the FSC with no regrets and believed that he had put the miller and the industry on a good stead.

While Government has lauded the efforts of the outgoing CEO, growers representative organisations have called for an investigation into Mr Khan’s activities in the five years he spent at the helm.

Former prime minister and National Farmers Union general secretary Mahendra Chaudhry described Mr Khan’s claim that he put FSC and the industry in a good position as “utter nonsense”.

“Mr Khan’s resignation brings relief to canefarmers who have consistently complained about the high-handed manner in which he ran FSC and dictated to growers’ organisations,” Mr Chaudhry said.

“Mr Khan leaves the corporation in deep financial mess and without holding its AGM for the financial years ended 31st May 2015 and 2016.”

and without presenting its audited accounts for those years to the shareholders.”

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