24 Oct 2016

Fiji sugar head should be investigated - Prasad

10:28 am on 24 October 2016

An opposition politician in Fiji wants the resigning head of the sugar corporation to face an investigation into his management practices.

cut sugar cane 2006

The sugar industry in Fiji was hit hard by Cyclone Winston which knocked out 40 percent of the crop. Photo: Ruurmo

Abdul Khan handed in his resignation to board members last week, citing health reasons.

But in the past few years, under Mr Khan's management, the sugar industry has fallen into crisis, spurred on by plummeting international sugar prices.

The leader of the National Federation Party, Biman Prasad, said Mr Khan's resignation should not be accepted until he answers allegations of nepotism and mismanagement.

"He should not be allowed to leave just like that without being held accountable for the mess that we see within the Fiji Sugar Corporation now and there have been many allegations with respect to the salaries, and the perks and the management."

The allegations can only be resolved by an independent inquiry said Mr Prasad.

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