U.S.P. Alafua Campus 'irregularities' inquiry ongoing
Investigations into the “poor management” and “financial irregularities” at the University of the South Pacific’s Alafua Campus are still ongoing, a senior member of the university's management has confirmed.
Professor Siaka Diarra, the acting head of the campus' School of Agriculture and Institute of Research (S.A.I.R.) confirmed investigations into senior administrator Mohammed Umar, are ongoing.
Professor Umar was both Campus Director and head of the agriculture school and research institute, when he was placed on leave without pay in February pending the results of an investigation.
But Prof. Siaka said he would remain acting in his head of school role until further notice about the progress of investigations.
"It will not be good to make any appointments at this position while Mohammed has not been found guilty," he said.
Should he be appointed permanently to the post, Prof. Siaka said, his focus would be on improving campus systems.
“In any system there are surely good things under some other things that might be going around, so you keep improving on what needs to be improved: trying to find out where there are lapses then trying to breach the gap."
A press release posted on the university’s website last month, named Fijian Dr. Joeli Veitayaki, as a Campus Director for Alafua.
Officer in Charge of the Campus, SeulGee Samuely Tanuvasa said the controversy had not affected morale on campus:
“We try as much as we can with the resources we are given and I would like to think that the spirit on campus is really lively now; everything is good.
" have a really good team and we’re able to work together with the other teams from the other sections. There are whole bunch of good leaders in every section on campus, so their leadership and just my facilitation and delegation of the Campus, everything works.”
SeulGee said she has no clue on the status of the university’s investigations.
The Dean of the Faculty of Business and Economics, Professor Arvind Patel, has previously said there are no allegations, but just two internal audit reports that have come out on the campus.
“We have seen some evidence of poor management, irregularities and that we have been making heavy losses every year for the last five years and we want to actually investigate that further,” Prof. Arvind said.