PA’U ROY AUSAGE CONFIRMED IN HOUSE AS DIRECTOR FOR DYWA
A vote of 11 yea and six nay qualified the governor’s nomination of Pa’u Roy Ausage as Director for DYWA. Prior to the hearing held earlier this week, Chairman of the Government Operations Committee, Faimealelei Anthony Fu’e Allen told house members that aside from Pau’s years of experience, he has extensive academic credentials, an MA in Education from the University of San Diego, MA in Human Services from Capella University, a BA in public management from Golden Gate University and he also studied law at Australia National University. He was also valedictorian of his graduating class at ASCC.
Since he was appointed Acting Director, Pa’u has displayed leadership capabilities resulting in the DYWA taking a highly visible role in implementing a number of the new administration initiatives. A majority of the faipule thanked and commended Pa’u for his dedication and commitment to the DYWA and to the people of American Samoa as a whole.
Vice Speaker I’auluao Talia Fa’afetai noted a majority of the programs conducted by DYWA focus on the women and young ladies, yet what about the male youth.
Pa’u explained there are programs in place which include the spiritual side, schooling, culture and also sports that are included in the office strategic plan. The DYWA Acting Director pointed out they also have programs for students who dropped out of high schools. It's unclear when Pa’u will appear before the Senate for his confirmation hearing.
According to the resolution, Pa’u has been Deputy Director for DYWA and has developed, implemented, and evaluated local youth and women’s programs.
“With a strong educational background and many years of experience, Pa’u is an ideal candidate for Director of DYWA.”
TIMOTHY JONES DENIED IN HOUSE FOR TEO DIRECTOR
Timothy Jones was rejected in the House of Representatives following a vote for his confirmation which resulted in nine voting yes, nine voting no.
Jones needed three more votes to be approved before the House. The last time Jones was before the House he was approved, however it was in the Senate that his confirmation was denied.
The resolution submitting Jones name as Director for Territorial Energy Office, points out that Jones has many years of experience in the energy field, including working as an operator for Bechtel North American Power, Utilities Manager for COS Samoa Packing and was General Manager for Hawthorne machinery in the territory, Samoa and Tonga for ten years. He also owned and operated his own small business, Extreme Power, Inc. and served in the Navy.
During his tenure as Acting Director for Territorial Energy Office, he has been able to establish a good working relationship with ASPA, as in the past ASPA and TEO were not working well together; and, has taken the lead in revitalizing the American Samoa Renewable Energy Council, for which he’s chairman.
The council has developed an Energy Plan and is near to being complete with renewable initiatives underway to deliver fully renewable energy resources to Manu’a and to begin the search for geothermal energy for Tutuila.
According to the resolution, Jones can manage the TEO into a future where the territory will rely less on costly fossil fuels and be more reliant on renewable resources.
GOV STEPS IN TO TACKLE LONG STANDING STREAM PROBLEM IN AUA
The stream's directional flow was so poorly engineered that it has presented a danger to the safety and lives of not only residents but hundreds of school children who attend Aua Elementary School, said Representative Faimealelei Anthony Allen, who is thankful that Governor Lolo Moliga has stepped in to fix the long standing problem faced by Aua students and residents.
The faipule said, he “will not re-describe how the engineers unwisely decided to merge multiple village streams at a confluence which then flow to the delta at the mouth of the bay.”
He pointed out that the point of confluence causes major flooding which continuously damage homes, the largest store in the village and is at the exact area where school busses and parents drop off and pick up their children for school.
“The danger is real and it is only a matter of time before a tragedy occurs," said the faipule.
Faimealelei noted in past years he has met with Department of Public Works and following those meetings he felt it was a mere consolation when they created an additional stream to help alleviate the flooding. “Needless to say, it did not work, what the additional stream created was an additional danger to the school children as it runs directly along the school grounds and also floods the cafeteria."
“Further, students and teachers must also cross the stream over a small bridge so that they may reach classrooms across the street. All it takes is a child to slip and fall into the stream and the government is not only presented with tragedy but serious civil liability which it cannot afford to absorb,” said Faimealelei.
The faille has been vocal about this issue during house sessions and hearings when DPW officials were present.
Currently Paramount Builders is working on the stream next to the school to ensure that the water does not overflow during raining days, following instructions from Governor Lolo.
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