Complaint against top Govt. official filed

The Public Service Commission (P.S.C.) is reviewing a complaint against Assistant Chief Executive Officer (A.C.E.O.) of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (M.N.R.E.).

The Weekend Observer understands that the A.C.E.O., Seumalo Afele Faiilagi, has been accused of mistreating his subordinates. They lodged a complaint with the P.S.C. earlier this year.

The Chairman of the P.S.C., Aiono Mose Su'a, confirmed the review but declined to divulge the details.

"I confirm that the matter raised has been referred to the Commission for review,” he responded in an email to questions from the Samoa Observer.

“This is in progress and we, therefore, are not able to comment or divulge any further information,"

Efforts to obtain a comment from Seumalo since Wednesday have been unsuccessful. 

The M.N.R.E's Chief Executive Officer, Ulu Bismarck Crawley, has also not responded to questions about the investigation.

Seumalo is attached to the Ministry's Division of Environment and Conservation.

The division has had charge of policy such as biodiversity protection, marine conservation and the Government's plastic bag ban. 

According to undated information posted online and signed by Seumalo the division has more than 30 staff and has expanded to include five sections. 

In mid-2018 he served as the acting Chief Executive of the Ministry.



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