One of the Building inspectors working under the Asset Management Building Division of the Ministry of Works Transport and Infrastructure has been placed on suspension for alleged misconduct.
This follows a complaint lodged by a couple that allegedly paid $5,000 tala for a building permit that costs $300 tala.
The suspension was confirmed by Minister Olo Fiti Vaai in response to questions from Radio Polynesia.
“He has been on suspension for over two weeks now while an internal investigation is being conducted,” said the Minister.
“And from [preliminary investigation] uncovered the family in question allegedly made monetary deposits into the Inspector’s personal account which amounted to $5,000 when the permit building fee cost $300 tala.”
The Minister declined to further comment noting the internal investigation is continuing and the result will determine what is the next relevant step the Ministry will take in this matter.