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Senate and House confirm governor’s nominee to head Agriculture

Sala Dr. Sataua Mata’ese Samuelu


Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Both the Senate and House - during their respective sessions on Friday - approved Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga’s nomination of Sala Dr. Sataua Mata’ese Samuelu as the new director of the Agriculture Department. He replaces former director Filifa’atali Michael Fuiava who resigned last month.

The votes followed committee confirmation hearings earlier in the day, where the director-nominee first appeared before the Senate - which offered a unanimous votes of 15-0 followed by the House - with a 15-1 vote.

In submitting Sala’s nomination, the governor also provided for lawmakers the director-nominee’s resume package, which included a cover letter. “I have the leadership skills to help you meet and exceed the department’s objectives,” wrote Sala, who holds a Doctorate in Education. “My expertise will be a great addition to the department and the government.”

During his Senate confirmation hearing, Sala - who has served in the Education Department for many years - told senators that he has accepted the governor’s nomination and if approved by the Fono, will carry out his duties and responsibilities truthfully and with honesty.

(Details in Tuesday’s edition.)