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PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (August 10, 1997 - Samoa News)---Hawaii Senator Daniel Akaka's office has pledged to help American Samoa set up its own Job Corps Center, says Speaker of the House of Representatives Ma'ilo Sao T. Nua.

During a recent visit to Honolulu, Ma'ilo said Senator Akaka's aides met with him to discuss what still must be done before a Job Corps activity can be established in the U.S. South Pacific territory.

"They were very supportive of the idea and Senator Akaka's staff have pledged their support to lobby Senators (in Washington), that American Samoa needs a Job Corps training facility," Ma'ilo noted.

While the U.S. Department of Labor allocates funds to the Job Corps, it is the U.S. Senate that gives the final okay for a job training school organization to be established in a given location.

The Speaker told Samoa News that he had planned to meet with Labor Department officials in San Francisco but the meeting was canceled due to the officials' other commitments.

"I believe that the training (provided by) a Job Corps Center in American Samoa will enhance the quality of life for many of our young people and I believe the Congressman can relate to it," Ma'ilo said.

According to the Speaker, a Job Corps Center for the territory is being supported by another Senator, who was not named. Ma'ilo also is seeking the support of American Samoa's Congressman in Washington, Eni Faleomavaega (D).

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