Justice head resigns

Monday April 23, 2018 Written by Published in Local

Ministry of Justice secretary Tingika Elikana has resigned.

Elikana, who was appointed to the post in 2011, handed in his resignation on Friday last week.

Public Service Commissioner Russell Thomas said yesterday in a statement that he had accepted the resignation, which took immediate effect.

He thanked Elikana for his services to the Public Service and the country.

In his role as Justice secretary, Elikana was responsible of providing leadership and strategic direction for the ministry. He had to also ensure that the ministry perform its key outputs and maintain the independence of the judiciary.

Before taking up the key position, Elikana served as the country’s Solicitor General from 2008 to 2011.

“It has been a privilege to serve the people of the Cook Islands, as a police officer, crown counsel, Solicitor-General and recently Secretary of Justice,” Elikana said in an email to his colleagues.

“It has also been a privilege to work with most of you in order to improve the well-being of our people.”

Elikana did not divulge the reason for his resignation but it is widely believed he is making a foray into politics.

The Public Service has appointed Nooapii Tearea as acting Secretary of Justice until a fulltime appointment has been made.          

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