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Inquiry report referred back to N.U.S.

Suspended Vice Chancellor, Professor Fui Asofou So’o, will have the opportunity to address the National University of Samoa’s (N.U.S.) Council in response to the findings of an Inquiry conducted by the Ombudsman's office. 

This is according to Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Dr. Sa'ilele Malielegaoi.

“Cabinet has already consulted on the findings of the Ombudsman and their report has been referred back to the National University of Samoa’s Council for their review, consideration and recommendation," Tuilaepa said.  

“The opportunity should also be afforded to the Vice Chancellor for his response to the allegations. The Council will then report back to Cabinet. 

“This is to assure that fairness is given to the party in question and for that person to give his or her response on the allegations."

The internal investigation was initially approved by Cabinet in April and was to be carried out by a special committee recommended by the N.U.S. Council. 

However, due to the unavailability of some selected members of the special committee, the investigation was referred to the Ombudsman’s Office “as a matter of urgency.” 

The Prime Minister said the details of the report are confidential and not for publishing until it was discussed by the Cabinet. 

“Under Cabinet policies, I can’t reveal the findings until it is discussed before Cabinet. We can’t publicise something prior to Cabinet making a final decision on this matter.” 

The Samoa Observer reached out to the Chairman of the N.U.S. Council Aeau Chris Hazelman for comments, however there has been no response as of press time. 

Professor Fui, deputy Vice Chancellors, Peseta Dr. Desmond Lee Hang and Maugaoali’i Ufagalilo Mualia were all placed on special leave during the investigation.

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