The Airports Vanuatu Limited (AVL) Board of Directors has terminated AVL’s General Manager Finance Allan Kalo, Chief Executive Officer Peter Bong, Manager of Aviation Security Tari Quarryani and General Manager (GM) of Operations Kevin Abel.
AVL Board of Directors chairman Maxwell Maltock relayed and confirmed the above to Daily Post yesterday afternoon saying the terminations were effective as of July 2, 2014.
Daily Post spoke to GM of Operations Kevin Abel who confirmed his termination and says he is seeking legal opinion for redress because the proper process was not followed.
“There were allegations but I was never summoned to respond to the allegations, instead I was terminated on these purported allegations as I was deemed an obstacle to the government’s policy on the proposed new airport.”
He further commented on the recent crash landing, agreeing with Mr. Alan Churchill that Vanuatu does have an air disaster plan.
“I was the person responsible to activate the response in the recent crash landing but I was terminated on Friday and the emergency landing happened on Saturday, he explained.
“My replacement was appointed on Monday so there was no one to activate the response in the weekend, it was fortunate for AVL that no lives were lost.”
In its statement to the media AVL is an incorporated state owned company is 100% solely owned by the Vanuatu Government, and expected to upload good governance in all aspects of overall management to reflect principles of transparency and accountability.
Over the years since the incorporation of Airports Vanuatu Limited, successive Management personnel have shown lack of discipline in promoting professional attitude in the overall management of this important institution under the aviation of Vanuatu.
Under the present Board of Directors Terms of Reference(TOR) which established through the international Airports Task Force mandate and a council of Ministers Decision, to implement a transition plan for Airports Vanuatu Limited as part of the Bauerfield Rehabilitation and the new Green field international Airport project, the Board of Directors undertook the initiative to internally assess and investigate how Airports Vanuatu Limited was managed and especially scrutinize the budget preparation and its spending.
The statement informed that as a result of this mandate task, “a lot of financial irregularities have emerged and substantial evidence of mismanagement, misappropriation and maladministration have been revealed which indicated an urgency to apply disciplinary measures for the good of the company resulting in the termination of General Manager Finance including the Chief Executive Officer…subsequently, the General Manager of Operations and Manager of Aviation Security were also terminated for breach of the Aviation Security Act No.10 of the 2007, including aiding misappropriation and insubordination to government policy directives”.
The AVL Board of Directors reiterated that AVL is an incorporated state owned company is 100% solely owned by the Vanuatu Government, and expected to upload good governance in all aspects of overall management to reflect principles of transparency and accountability.
“AVL is a commercial arm of the Vanuatu Government and all proceeds of Funds collected by this institution is as sovereign asset of the Government and must be treated as Public Fund to be probably managed in a transparent and accountable manner satisfactory to the Shareholders interests,” it concluded.