Governor Lolo confirms hiring of ex-Bluesky Chief
The former President and Chief Executive of Bluesky Samoa, Aoe’e Adolfo Monetenegro, will soon be on the American Samoa government’s (A.S.G) payroll.
Aoe’e is being hired as an A.S.G Consultant for the Governor’s office and for the government owned American Samoa TeleCommunications Authority (A.S.T.C.A.).
This was confirmed during a telephone interview with American Samoa Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga.
He told Samoa Observer that Aoe’e will be working at the Governor’s office and given his vast knowledge in the field of communications, his arrival is timely.
“He’s to help improve A.S.T.C.A but the contract has yet to be signed given that he’s currently off island,” said Lolo.
The Governor pointed out the government has shares with the American Samoa Hawaii (A.S.H) Cable and wants to develop those shares.
He did not go into details, but noted that Aoe’e is the one to do that.
Last week, BlueSky filed a civil suit against Aoe’e and his company, A.C.M.A Management Consulting Inc. in American Samoa.
The lawsuit is for compensatory, consequential and punitive damages for an amount according to proof at trial and for punitive damages from the defendants.
The lawsuit alleges that despite earning hundreds of thousands of dollars each year as C.E.O. of Bluesky’s family of companies in the South Pacific, Aoe’e and his company, A.C.M.A Management Consulting Inc. exploited their position of trust and authority with Bluesky.
Aoe’e vehemently denies the allegations.
Asked for a comment regarding the civil suit against Aoe’e, Lolo said:
“The hiring of Aoe’e has nothing to do with the BlueSky issue, its totally different and that will have no bearing on A.S.G’s decision.
“Once he returns from off island, the process will be completed.”
Governor Lolo is adamant that they are making the right decision in terms of hiring of Aoe’e.
Aoe’e’s services to Bluesky was terminated by Blueksy’s parent company, Amper S.A.
In an interesting twist, Aoe’e is suing both Amper and Bluesky (see story).