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Right To Information Office informed of VNPF Saga

Forms have been filled and will be filed by Yumi Toktok Stret on behalf of its members and the general public on its forum who have savings at VNPF to the RTI Office.

Yumi Toktok Stret has been in contact with the RTI Office and is advised to apply for the information it seeks as directed by the RTI Act.

YTS is confident that the RTI applications will be beneficial to VNPF members inside YTS and also to the general public as it is a matter of public interest.

However, YTS understands that any refusal by VNPF Management to provide the Financial Audit Reports will be in breach of provisions in the RTI Act.

Applications will be submitted to the Ministry Of Finance and the Ministry of Justice to release the Commission Of Inquiry Report that has been completed but never made public. Any refusal on their part will also be seen as a breach of various provisions of the RTI Act.

The Vanuatu National Provident Fund, the Ministry Of Finance and the Ministry of Justice can be prosecuted if they refuse to provide or release the reports YTS is asking.

The Offence Provisions in the RTI Act empower it to prosecute anyone or any public office that refuses to provide requested information.

YTS understands the Commission Of Inquiry – COI report was done at the expense of VNPF members therefore the Vanuatu Government or VNPF cannot withhold the COI report any longer.

VNPF also has a duty to release the Annual Audited Accounts to the members and by law and compliance, VNPF will release the information or face the consequences as directed by the RTI Act.