Housing Authority needs CEO; Three-member team manage affairs

Housing Authority board member Nesbitt Hazelman. Picture: FT FILE

A THREE-member management team comprising of senior executive officers are at present looking after the affairs of Housing Authority in the absence of the chief executive officer.

Authority board member Nesbitt Hazelman made this comment in response to queries on the vacant position, which Minister for Infrastructure Praveen Kumar said was “no doubt” a need in the authority.

On Tuesday, September 11, 2018, Mr Kumar had said they had advertised for the position and would await recommendations before the appointment was finalised.

He reiterated the need to have this position filled.

Former CEO Dr Punit Sethi had resigned from his position on March 13, 2018, after serving for 10 months.

Dr Sethi upon reaching India told this newspaper on March 17 via electronic-mail that he was forced to resign by the authority’s board and to leave Fiji immediately.

He claimed he did not resign for personal reasons, but had his resignation letter drafted for him and was coerced to sign it.

Mr Hazelman had responded to Dr Sethi’s claims saying the allegations were “incorrect and mischievous”.

Mr Hazelman who chairs the authority’s human resources board sub-committee had earlier said that Dr Sethi was still on probation and was yet to be confirmed as CEO of the authority.

He added the board, after raising performance issues with Dr Sethi, was still not satisfied with his performance and exercised its option under the contract of employment.

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