The American Samoa Government has yet to pay several vendors of the Department of Marine and Wildlife Resources .
And until it does, the more than 50 local children who signed up for DMWR’s summer programs won’t be able to enjoy and learn the department’s usual offerings for the school break.
Maria Vaofanua DMWR’s Education Outreach Coordinator says they have been waiting for ASG to pay vendors that DMWR uses for the summer programs.
The last word from Treasury is they will try and get a payment this week.
Vaofanua says they’re not able to offer some of the fishing and marine related activities because of the payment issue.
DMWR had quite a number of students signed up for their summer activities include a new two week Summer Science Summer Course targeting high school students.
Twenty high school students from both private and government have signed up for this course.
Thirty students on Tutuila and Manu’a had registered for the Summer Fishing Camp
Vaofanua is keeping her fingers crossed that checks will be issued to their vendors this week so they can start their summer activities .