Remuneration increase for illegal logging CoI members

Following the increase of remuneration for the Commission of Inquiry members looking into the matters relating to the process leading up to the conclusion of the agreement between the National Housing Corporation (NHC) and International Green Structures (IGS), the Commission of Inquiry into illegal logging has also received an increase in remuneration.

The increase in remuneration sees members getting an increase from VT500,000 to VT1.5 million and the Chairman getting an increase from VT600,000 to VT1.8 million.

This change to the pay for Commission members was effective as of Friday last week (June 11) after the Minister of Justice, Esmon Saimon, signed an order to amend the instrument of appointment of for the Commission of Inquiry into the matters relating to illegal logging activities in Vanuatu.

The increase was made after the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) report was handed over to the Minister of Justice in the previous week.

A total of 72 people in Port Vila, Luganville, Lakatoro, Batbang in South Malekula and Wintua in Southwest Malekula were interviewed as part of the investigations into illegal logging, Chairman William Nasak stated when handing over the report.

The CoI into illegal logging around Vanuatu was one of the many of such investigations launched by the government that included the National Housing Corporation and Air Vanuatu inquiries.

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