NCN’s CEO concerned about family’s safety following front page headline in State Newspaper

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CEO of NCN, Molly Hassan
CEO of NCN, Molly Hassan

[www.inewsguyana.com] – Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the National Communications Network (NCN), Molly Hassan has expressed concern for her safety and that of her family, following a front page headline and story carried in the October 21 edition of the State newspaper – Guyana Chronicle – under the headline: “NCN CEO gets higher pay than ministers –New Board uneasy about Performance.”

The article detailed Hassan’s entire salary, which she has since described as a breach of employer/employee privacy. In a detailed statement issued on October 21, in response to the article, Hassan said, “My right to privacy has been snatched from myself and family. The security of my young children and husband is now officially compromised.

“And this has far reaching social implications and consequences; this wanton attack and careless handling of confidential financial information by despicable individuals who have a clearly set agenda should concern similar professionals within the industry and government and in fact any employee of a public organization.”

According to Hassan’s statement, the Board of Directors has never conducted a performance appraisal with her nor have they ever discussed with her any dissatisfaction with her performance as CEO of NCN.

She further noted that the chairman of NCN is on record stating that he is unaware of any dissatisfaction with her performance. Hassan made it clear that she was not contacted by the State’s newspaper for a response to the allegations, prior to the article being published.

The NCN CEO revealed that within the past six months, she has encountered several unwarranted and malicious attacks on her character and reputation.

“All of this it would appear, seems slanted towards making me a scapegoat for ills affecting the Company which predates my employ,” the CEO said.

See full statement below:

Once again, it has become imperative that I respond to content in the media about myself, having read, the front page headline of the Guyana Chronicle captioned “NCN CEO gets higher pay than ministers –New Board uneasy about Performance“.  

As CEO, I am the executing officer of all policies of the Board of Directors of the National Communications Network and have always acted in accordance with this directive.

I was asked to manage a badly wounded company; but nevertheless I was able to transfer my exemplary private sector record to the public sector. And in a matter of months despite the political challenges that were brought to bear on my ability to manage the company professionally, I was able to implement strategies which optimized employees output and improve the management and overall functioning of NCN.

This has gone unnoticed. And I do understand why it has gone unnoticed.

NCN has over the years been the subject of much conjecture and ridicule. That conjecture and ridicule appears to have now been transferred to me personally.

I have within the past six months encountered several unwarranted and malicious attacks on my character and reputation. And most recently, the unethical exposure of my private information which sought to cause harm to my professional reputation. My right to employee employer privacy has been breached in a most filthy way.

All of this it would appear, seems slanted towards making me a scapegoat for ills affecting the Company which predates my employ.

I wish to set the record straight as the article in today’s Guyana Chronicle did not seek my input or response to it prior.

  1. As an ex-officio member of the NCN Board, I can confirm that the newly installed Board of Directors under the Chairmanship of Mr.Bishwa Panday has never convened a statutory a meeting.
  2. The Board of Directors has never conducted a performance appraisal with me nor have they ever discussed with me any dissatisfaction with my performance as CEO of NCN.
  3. Further, the chairman of NCN is on record stating that he is unaware of any dissatisfaction with my performance.
  4. My monthly emolument is no different from what was enjoyed by any of the CEOs of NCN including my predecessor who acted in the capacity for CEO for 2 years after the substantive CEO resigned. A cursory glance through any of the audit reports tabled in Parliament will reveal this. For the record, let me state clearly that the after taxes and other deductions salary of the CEO is nowhere near the 1M as is maliciously published by the Guyana Chronicle.

This seemingly orchestrated public attack on my character can only be interpreted as an attempt to undermine my authority as CEO of NCN and consequently, continue to infringe on staff morale. As a professional, I should not be subject to this unfair level of scrutiny and misguided conjecture.

Most importantly, my right to privacy has been snatched from myself and family. The security of my young children and husband is now officially compromised. And this has far reaching social implications and consequences; this wanton attack and careless handling of confidential financial information by despicable individuals who have a clearly set agenda should concern similar professionals within the industry and government and in fact any employee of a public organization.

Despite this unfair attack, I stand resolute in my functions as CEO of NCN and remain committed to the overall welfare of the staff of NCN.

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6 COMMENTS

  1. that money can upkeep 3 middle class families in gt, displace her ASAP and find someone who really wants this job. the entity is too run down and petite for this kind of dumb no brainers.

  2. NCN’s CEO concerned about family’s safety following front page headline in State Newspaper.
    Molly gurl the differnce between Naga and you is Naga salary can be made public since Naga have heavy security and none for you.
    Molly their aim is to destroy everything and everyone PPP.
    Molly you on your own

  3. I agree. The salaries and fringe benefits, taxable and non-taxable, for all ministers and heads of govt agencies should be made public.

    This stunt by the Chronicle is intended to intimidate, malign and discriminate against Molly Hassan. Nagamootoo should be held accountable. He needs to explain why this private information was published in the Chronicle. Apparently he is using the paper to conduct his witch hunt and discrimination.

  4. It is tome that the GOG implement a public sector salary disclosure act similar to that of some provinces of Canada. For exapmle, the Public Sector Salary Disclosure Act, 1996 (the act) makes Ontario’s public sector more open and accountable to taxpayers. The act requires organizations that receive public funding from the Province of Ontario to disclose annually the names, positions, salaries and total taxable benefits of employees paid $100,000 or more in a calendar year.

    The act applies to organizations such as the Government of Ontario, Crown Agencies, Municipalities, Hospitals, Boards of Public Health, School Boards, Universities, Colleges, Hydro One, Ontario Power Generation, and other public sector employers who receive a significant level of funding from the provincial government.

    The main requirement for the organizations covered by the act is to make their disclosure or if applicable to make their statement of no employee salaries to disclose available to the public by March 31. Organizations covered by the act are also required to send their disclosure or statement to their funding ministry or ministries by the fifth business day of March.

  5. Like every other areas that involved govt…from business investment, personal investement, to where you work to what you own, to who you connected to, to what you acquired over the years…everything, i mean everything! is being targeted by the PNC+AFC. They instil tremendous fear into people in guyana and the diaspora resulting in the economy plunging….no job creation…only job dissatisfaction and unemployment….and these cabinet pensioners need is one term…they dont care about the young PNC + AFC. They will destroy everything and hand it back to PPP

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