Am. Samoa Governor Continues To Govern From Hawaii Office

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Lolo to remain off-island ‘indefinitely for his medical appointments’

By Fili Sagapolutele

PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (The Samoa News, June 11, 2014) – Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga will remain in Hawai’i indefinitely for his medical appointments, but at the same time he will continue working out of the ASG Honolulu office before returning home, says Iulogologo Joseph Pereira, the governor’s executive assistant.

During a conference call from Honolulu in late March this year, the governor told his cabinet that he will be away for another 90-120 days depending on his medical check ups in Hawai’i. Another conference call was made in April with his cabinet, and both conference calls came from the ASG Honolulu office.

Over the past weeks Samoa News has received many public inquiries about the status of the governor’s health, when he is expected to return to the territory and if he is keeping in touch with his office here.

Responding to questions, Iulogologo said Monday via email from Honolulu that the "governor is progressing well and he is doing very well; thanks to the people for the prayers and well wishes". As to when the governor will return to the territory, Iulogologo said Lolo "is anxious to come home and as soon as his appointments are completed we will be returning home."

Iulogologo did confirm that the governor is working out of his Honolulu office and attending to his appointments when they occur. Additionally, he is in constant contact with Lt. Gov. Lemanu Peleti Mauga (who is also acting governor) to "address issues emanating from home" regarding the daily operation of the government.

Meanwhile, Iulogologo said the governor "had a very productive meeting" recently with the American Samoa Community College president, board members, other officials and key staff who were in Honolulu for their annual retreat. He said the ASCC board briefed the governor on developments at the college.

At the meeting, the "governor again urged the board and president to bolster the college's vocational education offerings, with focus on the current skill gaps of the territory," Iulogologo said.

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