Insurance process pending for Regulator's Office

Four months after the Office of the Regulator at Mulinuu was completely destroyed by fire, the Government agency is still going through the insurance process and audit before plans can be made to build a permanent office.

The main office building that is next to the TV1 station caught fire in April this year destroying some of the staff vehicles. 

No one was hurt but the staff members were unable to save most of their work including files and official records with the fire spreading quickly through the building. 

The Minister of Communications Information and Technology, Afamasaga Rico Tupai, said they want to get rid of the remains on the current site but have to wait. 

“It is still going through the process for insurance and Government,” he said in an interview. 

“After the Government audit then the insurance company has to do their own audit so we can't wait until that is done and get rid of that. 

“There are a lot of things that the Ministry wants to access [on site]…” 

At the time of the incident, the Fire and Emergency Service Authority [F.E.S.A.] did not suspect any foul play. 

The authority was of the view at that time that the fire could have started from an electrical fault, considering the rapid spread of the fire to destroy the whole building as well as some vehicles in the carpark. 

Since the destruction of the office, the staff had to relocate to a makeshift office at the 2AP headquarter in Mulinuu.  

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