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Leaders need to set the example for community service, says Lolo

As part of the government’s community service, Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga has directed his cabinet to sign up as partners to clean and beautify both public and private schools in American Samoa.


“This is part of our community service. I think we have to reinstate in the hearts of our people that doing something for the community, is something that we all should be proud of,” Lolo told directors during last week’s cabinet meeting.


The governor pointed out that schools in the territory need support and help in cleaning and beautification. He recalled the time he was president of the Development of American Samoa when staff and management went out to help paint, clean and beautify certain schools in the territory.


Lolo says he expects the larger authorities such as the American Samoa TeleCommunications Authority and the American Samoa Power Authority to pick the “toughest” schools to take care of. For example, he says ASPA can fix plumbing issues.


He said the Governor’s Office will sponsor Fagaitua High School and Manu’a High School. “We will work on our plan for the two high schools,” he said adding that it's important that the government play a role in providing for the community in areas where help is needed and through its efforts as partner with both public and private schools, the government is providing a community service.


“We cannot just take money from the government and the people without giving back to our community. So giving back to our community has to come from us leaders,” he said.