AMERICAN SAMOA’S DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION RESIGNS

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AMERICAN SAMOA’S DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION RESIGNS

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (RNZI, Aug. 30) - American Samoa’s
Director of Education, Dr Sili Sataua has resigned amid allegations of his
misappropriating food supplies from the School Lunch program for his own use.

Sataua says that his resignation was in the best interests of
the department and that he was stepping down of his own will.

A Senate Investigative Committee has heard that that food
supplies and equipment from the School Lunch programme were often delivered to
the director’s home.

Other allegations include the awarding of contracts without
competitive bidding.

Sataua denied claims attributed to senior DOE officials that the
governor, Togiola Tulafono had asked for his resignation but he was refusing to
step down.

He said he was not forced to resign.

Sataua has been director of education for more than five years
and was appointed to the post after service as chief of staff in the first term
of the Tauese administration.

September 1, 2003

Radio New Zealand International: http://www.rnzi.com/

 

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