As part of the administration’s cost containment measures, gas vouchers distributed to ASG departments and agencies have been cut by 50%.
Governor Lolo Moliga announced this at a cabinet meeting Friday.
He said several government officials are just roaming the roads and wasting gas.
Lt. Governor Lemanu Peleti Mauga told the cabinet that the government is in financial strife and he’s predicting that if directors don’t reign in their spending, the government will be in the red by the end of this year.
He suggested car pooling, taking the bus once or twice a week or even biking.
Lemanu said those driving government vehicles should use them for official business only and at the end of the day, they should park the cars at work and find a ride home.
He said government gas can no longer be used to drive to and from work.
The lt. governor urged directors to have an internal control to monitor use of ASG gas vouchers.
He said that if this cannot be done, the government cannot save gas and money.
Lemanu said he has seen government employees just jump in ASG vehicles without licenses.
He also advised the cabinet to go easy on the 24 hour vehicle permits.
Governor Lolo asked Port Administration to look at the frequency of the Manu’atele’s trips to Manu’a.