Minister directs PPL chief to return to office

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The National, Friday 14th of March, 2014

PNG Power chief executive officer John Tangit has been reinstated three days after his sacking by the board of directors.
Tangit told staff of PNG Power yesterday at the company headquarters in Hohola, that he had been directed by the Minister for Public Enterprise and State Investment Ben Micah to return to his
“I’m a professional, I run the organisation. I did not receive a letter of notice for my suspension,” he said.
“I have not been suspended. I’ve never been given the benefit to justify.”
 The company board suspended Tangit on Tuesday pending investigations into allegations of impropriety against him.
He thanked all staff for their cooperation and urged them to continue to serving the people.
“We are here as servants and we must do our uttermost best,” Tangit said.
The PNG Energy Workers’ Association had called on the board to reverse its decision.
Members of the PNG Power Workers Union in their petition to Micah requested that:
The board of directors be dissolved;
the acting chief executive officer be removed;
Independent Public Bussiness Corporation managing director Wasanthan Kumarasiri be sacked;
all fibreoptic cables installation to be stopped; and,
Tangit be reinstated.
Edward Gisa, the national president of PNG Energy Workers’ Association, said the demands in the petition must be addressed.