By HELEN TARAWA
NEWLY-appointed PNG Power managing director Flagon Bekker’s work permit has been approved but he is yet to arrive in the country to assume his role, an official says.
Department of Labour and Industrial Relations (DLIR) secretary Ravu Vagi told The National that Bekker’s work permit was approved three weeks ago.
Vagi was responding to questions raised about Bekker not being in the country due to work permit issues.
He confirmed that the work permit was approved by the Labour Department and was picked up three weeks ago.
PPL board chairman Peter Nupiri said Bekker would assume office this month once the process for his engagement was completed.
Nupiri said proper processes were followed in Bekker’s appointment through a comprehensive recruitment process facilitated by the Kumul Consolidated Holdings (KCH) and a credible recruitment firm.
According to sources within PNG Power, Bekker has been in frequent telephone contact with the PPL management giving out operations working orders to the management and employees.
Acting chief executive officer Douglas Mageo in response to questions on Bekker’s arrival in the country said the appointment was approved by National Executive Council (NEC) and gazetted with arrangements in compliance with regulatory requirements.
“Any matters relating to the managing director requiring media coverage, statements will be issued and our media stakeholders will be advised as and when required,” Mageo said.
Questions were sent to State Enterprises Minister Sansindran Muthuvel and Nupiri on when Bekker would be expected to arrive in the country.
By HELEN TARAWA