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January 22, 2021

PNG Power Employees Locked Out

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By Vasinatta Yama – EM TV News, Port Moresby

PNG Power Limited (PPL) employees were locked out of their head office this morning in Port Moresby.

Workers arrived to see banners hanging on the fence, requesting for PNG Power Chief Executive Officer, John Tangit, and former PPL Board Chairman, Larry Andagali, to return to office.

Tangit was arrested and charged yesterday for allegations of gross misconduct during his term in office between 2009 and 2015.

PPL employees did not know who put up the banners.

But they clearly showed that PPL’s Managing Director is not welcomed at the head office.

Acting CEO, John Yanis, allowed staff in and urged them to go back to work.

Yanis told staff that there are many uncertainties at the management level.

Currently, CEO John Tangit, who was reinstated a week ago by the new board, was suspended again yesterday afternoon for 14 days over allegations of misconduct.

The allegations are linked to the Angoram Electrification Project and other transactions that he had made.

Yanis also advised his employees that the new PPL Board, headed by Chairman Andrew Ogil, is not ready to meet with the employees as yet.

Meanwhile, the employees made it clear to the management team that what had happened has nothing to do with the Union, or the employees’ grievances, but is pure politics.

After the meeting this morning, EMTV caught John Mangos trying to enter the office car park gate before being turned away by security guards.


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