Date: 21 July, 2023 The Solomon Islands National University (SINU) terminated the Pro Vice Chancellor Academic, and the Dean of the Faculty of Nursing with immediate effect from Thursday July 20, as a result of the Internal Audit investigation into the Wakaman Inc printing scandal.
The Vice Chancellor, Professor Transform Aqorau said that, “regrettably, I have had the unpleasant task of terminating the Contract with the approval of the Chair of the SINU Council of two Staff who have had a major influence and impact on the University, but their poor judgment when they should have known better has led to these unfortunate consequences.
The University Management took this decisive action to uphold the principles of good governance and maintain the integrity of the University. This decision has not been taken lightly and comes after their failure to provide a satisfactory explanation and show cause as to why they should not be disciplined for gross misconduct and dereliction of duty. As a university committed to upholding high standards of conduct and professionalism, such actions cannot be tolerated, and decisive measures had to be taken.
Professor Aqorau said that “Estee Lonamei, Frank Lui, and Glen Hunt obtained a High Court Order to halt further disciplinary actions against them. However, once this order is lifted, disciplinary procedures will be initiated with immediate effect.
An application has been submitted yesterday by SINU Legal Counsel, Andrew Radclyffe to challenge the Court Orders in the High Court, as we believe it is crucial to hold all staff accountable for their actions.”
Professor Aqorau said “that an Officer in the Finance Department, Chanson Rester, has been suspended pending an investigation into his alleged involvement in the Wakaman Inc scandal.
“We take such matters extremely seriously, and the investigation will be conducted diligently to ensure transparency and fairness,” he added,
SINU Management is unwavering in our commitment to promoting good governance, honesty, and ethical conduct within the institution.
“We are dedicated to maintaining an environment where every member of our community can thrive and contribute positively to our mission of advancing good governance at the University” Professor Aqorau said, “SINU acknowledges that the unfortunate events surrounding the Wakaman Inc printing scandal have caused distress and concern among our stakeholders. We assure the public that we remain resolute in addressing these issues head-on and restoring the trust and confidence in our institution”
- – ISSUED BY SINU