Vanuatu Provident Fund Sacks Suspended Administrator

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Tarilongi accused of recruiting friends, excessive salaries

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, Jan. 23, 2013) – The board of Vanuatu’s retirement fund has sacked its CEO, Anniva Tarilongi, five months after suspending her.

Her termination at the National Provident Fund follows a public outcry over high salaries last year when there were fears protests against her could lead to riots.

Mrs. Tarilongi was accused of drawing a monthly salary of US$7,500 while politicizing the organization with nepotism.

Our correspondent says she was first employed by Telecom Vanuatu Limited where she was known for recruiting close friends and paying them high salaries.

The Fund has been audited and a report has been handed to the responsible minister, Charlot Salwai, at the end of last month. As a result, six staff members were sacked.

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