15 Jan 2013

American Samoa's Governor to deliver inaugural state of territory speech

7:08 am on 15 January 2013

American Samoa's Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga will deliver his first state of the territory address when the 33rd legislature opens today.

A key element of his inaugural state of the territory speech is the financial health of the American Samoa Government.

His office says based on preliminary reports provided by acting Treasurer Falema'o Dr Phil Pili to the governor, the Territory's financial prognosis is very bleak and the governor is concerned.

A report will be provided to the media when figures are available.

The governor will also be submitting a supplemental budget request to the Fono.

Proposed expenditures include a 916,000 US dollars appropriations to pay employee overtime and compensatory payments as part of a settlement approved by the US Department of Labor.

The new governor's new Executive Assistant, Iulogologo Joseph Pereira, says in addition, the 100,000 dollars sent to Samoa must also be submitted to the Fono for approval even though the money has been spent.

Iulogologo told KHJ that Treasury are assessing how much of the Governor's Office's Budget is remaining.