Suspended Lands Commissioner questions new appointment

Suspended Commissioner of Lands Nelson Naoapu at a symposium. Photo credit: customarylandsolutions.com

Suspended Commissioner of Lands, Housing and Survey, Nelson Naoapu has questioned the appointment of Allan McNiel as the new Commissioner of Lands.

Mr. Naoapu says Mr. McNeil’s appointment is not procedural especially when his suspension is still pending before both the Ministry of Public Service and the Public Service Commission.

He said a Lands Commissioner can only be appointed if his case is concluded.

Mr. Naoapu said he is still waiting for a ‘show cause’ letter promised by the Ministry of Public Service since their meeting on 13 May 2019.

“What I understand and can confirm there was a meeting from the Ministry of public service on 13th May 2019 and the outcome of the meeting is that they told me that they will issue me a letter of Show cause,” he said.

“They told me that I have 14 days to respond to that letter, and I can confirm that I have not yet received that letter.”

He called on the Public Service Commission to clarify Mr. McNeil’s appointment as the new Commissioner of Lands.

“My case is still not done yet, and I see that decision as not right according to general orders and the public service regulations,” he said.

“On the other hand its not fair to me because my case is still pending before the Ministry of  public service as well as the public service commission ,so therefore I call on the public service commision to explain to the nation.”

SIBC understands Mr. Naoapu was suspended last year for allegedly being involved in the illegal land sales in Honiara.

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