8 Jan 2013

New American Samoa leaders worried about Evan aid to Samoa

2:54 pm on 8 January 2013

The 100,000 US dollar gift from American Samoa's former governor Togiola Tulafono to help Samoa's cyclone Evan victims has raised concerns with Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga.

A special advisor to the new governor, Iulogologo Joseph Pereira, says there is only 1.5 million dollars left in the 20 million US dollar loan account which Togiola identified as the source of the gift for Samoa.

From the same loan proceeds, the Fono was given three million for a new Fono building or to repair the existing one.

Iulogologo says the Fono has yet to spend the bulk of its allocation from the Retirement Fund loan except for money that was spent to complete the Fono's IT building.

Governor Lolo has been informed by the acting treasurer that Togiola sent a letter to the Treasurer on January the 2nd, authorising the transfer of 100,000 dollars from the 20 million loan account.

The same day, a cheque was cut and issued for the Samoa Government.

In his press release about the gift, Togiola said it was a joint effort by his administration and the new leaders, Governor Lolo and Lieutenant Governor Lemanu.