28 Feb 2007

Payment woes halt American Samoan government vehicles

8:09 pm on 28 February 2007

Some government vehicles in American Samoa were idle for a period today because the government had not cleared an outstanding bill with oil supplier BP.

Only vehicles operating on federal funds were being filled until the treasurer, Velega Savali, intervened.

The motor pool manager, Ata Satele, says the supplier has been reluctant to make deliveries because the government was late in paying its bills.

The treasurer says he has not been aware there was a problem with the payments until he got a call from the commissioner of public safety this morning, telling him that inmates could not be transported for court appearances because the prison vehicles had no petrol.