Governor Lolo Moliga and First Lady Cynthia Malala Moliga returned home safely to a warm reception at the airport last night.
The welcoming party included Lt. Governor Lemanu Peleti Mauga, Secretary of Samoan Affairs Mauga Tasi Asuega, several other directors and members of the Governor’s Office staff.
Inside the Governor’s VIP Lounge, Deacon Malaki Timu offered a prayer of thanksgiving and Lt. Governor Lemamu welcomed home the governor and first lady.
He said last night was a joyous evening, a testament of God’s love and kindness, for He has not forsaken the governor and First Lady or the territory.
Lemanu stated while the governor was away for several months, the government has continued to operate with all of the cabinet working together, along with his help and the protection of God.
“This is an evening of celebration, as God has granted an opportunity for us to be reunited with our governor and First Lady,” said Lemanu.
He thanked the Secretary of Samoan Affairs, and district governors, the deacon and the directors who were present.
Lemanu told the directors to give him and the governor two full days on their own before they start coming to the Governor’s Office.
He joked “don’t start coming to the office at 7 tomorrow morning.”
Governor Lolo quipped, that visitors will not be accepted until 2 in the afternoon.
The governor told the gathering that there was nothing more that he and the First Lady wanted than to return home and it was a great feeling arriving home last night, even though the airport was dark.
Lolo said there was no doubt in his mind that the state of government would be in good hands during his absence. He said he was constantly in contact with Lemanu and the cabinet and there were no problems.
Lolo said the world moves ahead not backwards and so too should our government continue to move forward and not regress.
He thanked Lemanu for his leadership and advised him not to waiver, that while he, Lolo, was coming to the end of his tenure, Lemanu is taking the front seat.
Lolo also expressed appreciation to the Secretary of Samoan Affairs and District Governors and thanked them for visiting him. They didn’t get a chance to meet, but he appreciated their gesture.
The governor also thanked the cabinet for their work in leading their departments.