Governor tells disobedient directors to close private accounts

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It appears that some directors have not heeded Governor Lolo Moliga’s directive to close all bank accounts which departments and agencies are maintaining on their own, without the treasurer’s oversight.

So before he left for off island meetings last night, Governor Lolo issued a memo again instructing directors to close any private accounts they have.

The February 13 memo states: “A directive was issued some time ago instructing all directors to close all bank accounts maintained separately by the department.
“It has come to my attention that some of you have not heeded the content of this policy.
“Accordingly, the articulated policy calling for the closure of all bank accounts managed by your agency is reaffirmed.
“There is no exception to this policy.
According to the memo, “The American Samoa Government has one Treasurer. who is authorized by law to maintain all government funds.
“To this end, the balance of the funds in the account is to be transferred to the Treasurer to be kept in the appropriate government accounts ensuring proper custody of said funds.
“All separately maintained bank accounts are to be closed forthwith, however in the event time is required for the closure process to run its course, February 28, 2017 is the date at which all these independent bank accounts will cease.

11 Comments

  1. Spinner

    More embarrassment. Being a leader very hard. Being a weak leader is a horrible thing that makes us feel sorry for the governor and angry at the same time. Lolo doesn’t need to ask twice. Talanei please do a follow up report on this. I’m interested to see The Who and the How. It is no wonder there is more abuse in ASG. Just knowing that this practice is in place brings more public mistrust in the ability of our own people to govern on our own.

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    1. WHAT ELSE IS NEW

      TOTALLY AGREED WITH SPINNER. BEING A LEADER IS HARD BUT A LEADER MUST BE STRONG, LEAD NO MATTER WHAT AND STAND BY HIS DECISION . THE GOVERNOR DOESN’T OR HAVE TO RE-ISSUE ANOTHER MEMO TO REMIND HIS CABINET MEMBERS REGARDING SUCH ISSUE IF ONE WAS ALREADY ISSUE, AFTER ALL THE GOVERNOR APPOINTED THEM AS MEMBERS OF HIS CABINET. THIS IS EMBARRASSING AND IF HIS CABINETSDO NOT ADHERE TO THE GOVERNOR’S MEMO LET THEM GO . IT IS SHOWING THATEITHER HIS CABINET MEMBERS DIDN’T REIEVED THE PREVIOUS MEMO OR THEY JUST DO NOT CARE.

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      1. Spinner

        You explained it better. It’s not difficult, isn’t it? If they don’t listen it means they don’t respect you enough. Then don’t trust them. Send them home and get the right people in who can help him lead us to the right direction. Leai se Alofa o directors gei.

        Yes, I have been in many leadership positions – and it doesn’t matter if you’re a leader in student council or in a corporation. Leading has a lot more to do with managing people’s attitude than anything. It’s reallly hard to lead when these negative attitudes from your own cabinet makes you look like a fool. Lolo should be aggressive. Let them know he ain’t their clown. Ugh

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  2. if they didn't listen then, they won't listen now

    Poor Governor. If you know that your leaders were not abiding and taking heed to all your requests and order, why did you appoint them again. all i can say, is that, when your leaders are doing the totally opposite of what you have instructed them to do, they are not one with you and they will end up pulling you down the drain as they already are.

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    1. Spinner

      That’s what is what I just cannot wrap my mind around. Lolo has now revealed this huge lacking in trust. TRUST is the key word. If it was me in that leadership position, that my word is not respected, my only choice would be replacing that person. Many talented people are willing to work passionately and serve. I don’t understand why re-nominating these bad rotten apples to spoil the bunch. I’m sure Lolo has good people who honestly want to do good. He should. E able to identify the bad ones by this time and send them home.

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  3. NCOIC

    Lt.Governor I hope you are listening because this the time for you to shine. Four years it’s just a plink of an eye. All this don’t care attitude from directors by not following the memorandum is “ZERO ” excuse. Time to make some noise!! Hoooorahhhhhhh

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    1. Spinner

      @NCOIC. — You nailed it. LT better see this as an opportunity and take the wheel! Come out of that stuffy sweaty humid shadow and show us what you can serve on that lieutenant platter.

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  4. Lucia Bartley

    The Governor Should Include The Other 2 Branches, Legislature & Judicial. There Should Be One Order From The Governor To All Three Branches Of The Government: Executive, Legislature & Judicial.

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  5. guest

    Are these departments legally allowed to have private accounts? AG or Gov’s legal counsel must look into this. Prosecute if they (directors) have broken the law. But this is Samoa, so it probably won’t happen.

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