Yow: I am still the SIPA CEO

CEO YOWCONTROVERSIAL Solomon Islands Ports Authority (SIPA) Chief Executive Officer (CEO) says he remains the CEO of the organization.

Mr. Collin Yow told local media today in Honiara that he remains the CEO of the SIPA, rubbishing media reports that he has been sacked.

Both Solomon Islands daily newspapers carried front-page article claiming Yow was fired by the chairman of the SIPA board Billy Titiulu.

The news has taken Honiara by storm but reports early today of Yow still sitting on the SIPA CEO chair had led to serious questions of the accuracy of the reports.

In response to the media reports, Mr Yow confirmed today that he remains the CEO of the organization.

He argued that Titiulu had no power to sack him as he had already been terminated as the chairman of the board by the Minister of Infrastructure Development, Jimmy Lusibaea.

Titiulu was sacked last week by the Minister of the Ministry of Infrastructure Development (MID) Mr. Lusibaea but there were claims that the axing was illegal as the letter should have been signed by the responsible ministers for SIPA which also include the Minister of Finance and Treasury Hon Snyder Rini.

Meanwhile it understood that Mr. Yow has the backing of some cabinet ministers.

It further understands that a Caucus today discussed the issue at its extra-ordinary meeting today.

Since taking up the CEO post early last year Yow has received both praise and criticism on his reforms at SIPA.

By Admin/News Desk