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PNG Job Warning

Beware of bogus recruiters, warns Fijian High Commissioner to Papua New Guinea (PNG), Romanu Tikotikoca. He was reacting to complaints from a group of men who have been waiting for
06 Jan 2015 10:45
PNG Job Warning

Beware of bogus recruiters, warns Fijian High Commissioner to Papua New Guinea (PNG), Romanu Tikotikoca.

He was reacting to complaints from a group of men who have been waiting for security jobs at a gas and installation field in PNG.

“My office is not aware of this recruitment as it is private,” Mr Tikotikoca said.

However, he said when Fijian workers were working in PNG, his office looked after them.

He said the people approached should not have paid the money until they received confirmation from the Fiji Office in PNG or the PNG Embassy in Fiji that the recruitment was valid.

Some, he said, were making recruitments just to earn money.

The waiting men, who include former British Army and ex-Fijian military officers, said a Fijian man had promised them work in PNG.

They claimed they were offered jobs to work as security officers after they paid a fee.

Kaveni Jegasa, a former British Army officer, said they were contacted by a an agent from the Royal British Legion Office in Suva informing them of the recruitment.

“In July last year, I was among the first 10 men who had taken up the offer and we were told to pay an admission fee of $400 each as soon as possible so we could fly over to PNG the next week,” Mr Jegesa said.

He said to date there had been no movement to PNG or any updated information regarding the deployment.

Another man, Uraia Lalanabaravi, a former Fijian naval officer said the recruiter started recruiting more men and charged higher admission fees ranging from $400 to $700 and they later went up to $1000.

“These men included former Fijian military and Police officers and even civilians,” he said.

“Upon paying we were issued with PNG work permit application forms to fill including details required by the oil company.

“The company was said to have hired the recruiter to supply security personnel to guard the oil and gas installations in PNG.”

Mr Lalanabaravi said the recruiter had been evading them.

“When we asked for him to come to the Royal British Legion office in Domain to iron out all these queries he never turned up,” he said.

“We are now suspecting that he is just conning all of us.

“People are getting frustrated now and some are even going around looking for him.”

Meanwhile, in response to questions emailed by the Fiji Sun to him, the recruiter replied with a Bible verse, Habakkuk 2:3: “For the revelation awaits an appointed time; it speaks of the end and will not prove false. Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay.”

It is understood he has been in Australia for two weeks. He travels frequently between Fiji and Australia.

British Army support officer based with the British High Commission in Fiji, Major Jim Hall, said he was not aware of the issue and that they would look into it.

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