Weak­ness in per­for­mance led to vol­un­tary res­ig­na­tion: LTA chair­man on Piante­dosi

Fiji Sun - - Nation - SHEL­DON CHANEL Edited by Mohammed Zul­fikar Feed­back: shel­don.chanel@ fi­jisun.com.fj

For­mer Land Trans­port Au­thor­ity (LTA) chief ex­ec­u­tive Carmine Piante­dosi re­signed when no­ti­fied of sev­eral de­fi­cien­cies in his per­for­mance, re­vealed Board chair­man Vi­jay Ma­haraj. At a press con­fer­ence in Suva yes­ter­day, Mr Ma­haraj ex­pressed sur­prise at a re­ports in which the ex-chief claimed he was forced to leave the role.

“When we first ap­pointed him, we wanted a com­plete change in the cul­ture and the way things were done at LTA and this was why we brought some­body from out­side,” he said.

“His per­for­mance was un­der con­tin­u­ous review by the Board and there were cer­tain ar­eas where he had dif­fi­cul­ties.

“The Board had col­lec­tively raised cer­tain is­sues with him – that there were cer­tain ar­eas in his per­for­mance which were not up to the stan­dard of the Board,” Mr Ma­haraj said. Mr Ma­haraj said the Board held “cor­dial” dis­cus­sions with Mr Piante­dosi prior to his res­ig­na­tion to in­form him of the short­com­ings. He said the res­ig­na­tion was ac­cepted on the same day it was handed in, read­ing out both the res­ig­na­tion and ac­cep­tance let­ters at the con­fer­ence.

“It was not co­er­cion. It was a free and fair dis­cus­sion and it was a vol­un­tary ter­mi­na­tion (from his end),” he said.

Over the last six months, the chair­man said: “LTA’s Board iden­ti­fied is­sues in 22 sep­a­rate au­dit re­ports in which the for­mer chief ex­ec­u­tive failed to take ac­tion to rec­tify.

“We were try­ing to im­prove the im­age of LTA, there was a lot of cor­rup­tion and all that about a year ago or so be­fore he joined us.

“We wanted to ac­tu­ally stamp out that cor­rup­tion and we wanted him to carry out the good work that we had done.

“We’ve got about 22 in­ter­nal au­dit re­ports and that ac­tu­ally showed that he ought to have taken ac­tion.” Mr Piante­dosi was on his way to Aus­tralia when this edi­tion went to press and was not avail­able for im­me­di­ate com­ment.

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