A team from the Ombudsman’s Office conducted an awareness last week at Central School Hall last week. More than 100 years 11, 12 and 13 students attended and showed interest on the topics discussed during the awareness.

Senior Language officer Beranger Tevanu, Investigator Richard Michael from Leadership Code and Investigator Maladministration Lydian Csiba conducted the awareness to the students and teachers. The awareness was mainly on the functions of the Ombudsman.

Ombudsman Bulu meeting with the Minister responsible for the Ombudsman Office, Hon Bob Loughman Weibur Earlier This Year.

The Ombudsman act was amended during the second sitting of the first ordinary session of parliament of this year.

Section 23 of the Ombudsman Act provides that failure to comply with a notice issued by the Ombudsman with a Notice under section 22 may result with the Ombudsman applying to court for a summons to be issued and a fine of 100,000 vatu to be paid for failing to comply with notice under section 22 of the Act. This provision has now been amended and a fine of 500,000 vatu to be paid if anyone fails to comply with a summon issued under section 22 of the Ombudsman Act.

The recent Amendment of the Leadership Code directs all persons classified as Leaders under Article 67 of the Constitution and section 5 of the Leadership Code Act to submit their annual returns to the Ombudsman Office. Leaders are previously required to submit their annual returns to the Clerk of Parliament, however this is now changed during the second sitting of the first ordinary session of parliament in 2020.

Ombudsman Recommends the Ministry of Education to Ensure Retired Teachers Receive Their Retirements Letters Before Retirement Date Lapses.

Today 19th May 2020, the Ombudsman of the Republic of Vanuatu Release a public report which finds that the process in which the Ministry of Education took to inform retiree, Mrs. Linda George, of her retirement is not in accordance with the Law.

The Office of the New Zealand Chief Ombudsman in Wellington, New Zealand, has successfully organised a first ever Leadership Forum for all the Ombudsman’s Offices of the Pacific Region on the 26th and 27th February 2020. The Forum was held at the beautiful and peaceful LaValla Estate in a small town outside Auckland called Tuakau.

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