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Government Cease Grant Contribution to USP, Calls For Investigation

In a letter obtained by the Fiji Sun, Government has raised concerns about the lack of investigation into the serious allegations that have been identified by the Pro-Chancellor and Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee(ARC).
24 Sep 2020 08:11
Government Cease Grant Contribution to USP, Calls For Investigation
The Fijian Government with immediate effect has ceased its grant contribution to the University of the South Pacific.
In a letter obtained by the Fiji Sun, Government has raised concerns about the lack of investigation into the serious allegations that have been identified by the Pro-Chancellor and Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee(ARC).
“We note that notwithstanding the USP Council appointed special executive committee stating that at least 14 of the 33 allegations by the Chair ARC required independent investigation, the Council ignored this recommendation.
“Given the above, please be notified that until such time a thorough and independent investigation into all the allegations by the Pro-Chancellor and Chair ARC are carried out to our satisfaction, the Fijian Government will, with immediate effect, cease its grant contribution to USP.”
The letter dated September 22, 2020 was addressed to Winston Thompson, the Pro-Chancellor and Chair of the Council and Professor Pal Ahluwalia USP’s Vice-Chancellor and President.
The Fijian Government is the largest country grant contributor to the regional university.
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