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Am. Samoa Governor Concerned Over Aid ‘Gift’ To Samoa
Former leader approved transfer of $100,000 from loan account

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, Jan. 8, 2013) – The US$100,000 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 US$20 million 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, authorizing the transfer of US$100,000 from the US$20 million loan account.

The same day, a check 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.

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