FIJI AIRPORT EXECUTIVE UNDER FIRE

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (RNZI, Feb. 14) - Trouble is looming at Fiji’s Nadi International airport with its indigenous landowners demanding the sacking of the chief executive of Airports Fiji Ltd, Jone Koroitamana.

The landowners have written to the government saying the state-owned company will face unrest if their demand is not met.

Their spokesman, Ratu Jone Sovau, says the landowners are angry with Koroitamana and don’t want him on their land anymore.

Ratu Jone says the landowners had formed a joint venture company with a large duty-free firm and applied to run eight outlets from the airport complex but Koroitamana rejected their application in favour of another company.

He says as landowners they should have the first chance to operate any businesses.

Meanwhile, the Fiji Public Servants Association is also demanding the chief executive’s sacking for refusing to deduct union dues from its members’ salaries even though this was authorized by the company’s board.

Koroitamana became chief executive of Airports Fiji Ltd when he was civil aviation minister in the post-coup administration and applied for the job, which came under his own ministerial authority.

February 14, 2003

Radio New Zealand International: www.rnzi.com 

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