AMERICAN SAMOA GOVERNOR TAUESE WANTS HIGHWAY

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MONEY BACK

PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (December 31, 1997 - PACNEWS)---American Samoa Governor Tauese Sunia is attempting to recover $740,000 the Federal Highway Administration claims the territorial government spent on ineligible projects.

The U.S. agency already has intercepted $442,000, which was supposed to have gone to American Samoa for current road projects, and plans to keep another $297,000 to settle the government’s debt.

The contractor meant to be paid with the federal funds, McDonnel Dowell, has stopped work on two major road projects in the U.S. South Pacific territory until it is paid for work already completed.

According to the American Samoa Chief of Staff, Dr. Sili Sataua, Governor Tauese believes the Federal Highway Administration is unfairly penalizing the current administration for mistakes by previous governments.

Tauese plans to appeal the agency’s action.

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