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Attorney-General: Lawyers Agreed That Contract For Pal Was Terminated

Explaining the ‘saga’, Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said it was about good governance at USP.
12 Feb 2021 11:08
Attorney-General: Lawyers Agreed That Contract For Pal Was Terminated
Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum. Photo: Ronald Kumar

Lawyers for the University of the South Pacific, Munro Leys had agreed that the contract of former Vice Chancellor Professor Pal Ahluwalia was terminated and revocated.

Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum made the remarks in his contribution on the debate for the review of the USP 2017 Annual Report.

He said as per the contract of Prof Ahluwalia, the revocation of his visa meant his contract was terminated.

He said Nauru tried to put in a proposal to amend the contract. He said the contract was terminated and therefore no amendments could be done.

He said the Fijian Government wanted the processes to be followed which was to advertise the post and follow the due process.

Explaining the ‘saga’, Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said it was about good governance at USP.

He said if contributions from member countries were looked at Fiji contributed the $34 million and next was the Solomon Islands with $2 million.

He said Fijians made up for 55 per cent of the USP student numbers, Solomon Islands had 19 per cent, Vanuatu eight per cent, Kiribati six per cent and Tonga five per cent.

He said that the Fijian Government had five seats in the USP Council. He said the composition of the USP Council did not change.

Mr Sayed-Khaium said the Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Economy, the Minister, the Permanent Secretary for Education or the minister can be part of the council meeting.

He said on the day they were pictured and tagged as leaving the USP Council meeting in a furious state was misleading.

He said the Permanent Secretary for Education Anjeela Jokhan and he were heading to another meeting.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said the Ahluwalia report made certain accusations, but never gave a right of reply to those who were accused.

He said Fiji wanted good governance at the USP.

Minister for Education Rosy Akbar said there was no way members could usurp the powers of the USP Council. (Read more in Analysis tomorrow)

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