PNG Power board there to keep the company operational: Chairman

National

By HELEN TARAWA
THE PNG Power board has been appointed by the Government and is doing all it can to keep the company operational, chairman Andrew Ogil says.
Ogil, responding to allegations against the board, told The National that employees’ concerns were their concerns.
“We have an open-door policy, if there are issues then the management has to address them, only if they cannot do then the board steps in,” Ogil said.
“The last thing we want to do is to use the media to address our issues.”
The PPL employees had last week raised concerns about the board micro managing the company operations.
In a letter to the Prime Minister and the Minister for Public Enterprise and State Investment, the workers had threatened to withdraw their labour.
PNG Power workers have petitioned Prime Minister Peter O’Neill for the removal of the current board.
The workers claim that since its appointment last year, the board had constantly interfered with the roles of the management of PPL.
The board in the media recently said that the signing of the cheques was only a temporary measure for cost control, but after a year they were still signing cheques for payment of services.
The temporary cheque-signing arrangement was creating so much administration and operational issues faced by PPL today, the workers claimed.
According to the petition, the board terminated the chief operating officer and chief finance officer and had terminated the procurement of 12 generators that were purchased under the previous board.
The current board continued to entertain leased generators until the supplier of the 12 generators threatened legal action for breach of contract that the board rescinded its decision and purchased those generators.
Ogil said PNG Power board had an open mind and stood by the management and listened to them.
“We have been transparent and that’s what we believe in and that’s how we operate in,” Ogil said.

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