Ministry investigates allegations against Reporter
The Ministry of Communication and Information Technology is investigating allegations against a reporter for Radio 2AP who has been accused of making false claims to paid leave entitlements.
It has been alleged the reporter in question falsely sought to claim entitlements to leave with pay amounting to three months of compensation.
Radio 2AP, a state-owned broadcaster, is part of the Ministry’s portfolio.
The investigation into the matter was confirmed by the Ministry’s Chief Executive Officer, Talatalaga Fualau Matau, in response to questions from the Samoa Observer.
“The matter which you have enquired about concerning one of the Radio 2AP staff members has only just been brought to my attention,” Talatalaga said.
“There are Government systems and processes in place to address matters that are not in compliance with legislation and established policies regarding staff conduct, if so [... that will be] the case regarding this [alleged] matter.”
“There are steps and processes as per our guiding policies to be undertaken to officiate an investigation into this, as all that has been said about this matter are based on hearsay.
“And therefore, whatever the outcome of the investigation is, if so warranted, results in, the necessary actions will definitely be taken.”
According to the C.E.O., the Government approaches matters concerning staff conduct very seriously, something the Public Service Commission has also previously emphasised.
“Therefore, in the meantime, I would refrain from making any further comments on this matter until the necessary actions, deliberations and thereafter decisions with the necessary Authorities have been taken to address this.”
Requests for comment from the reporter have not been returned.