Changes on the horizon
Two government bodies are likely to join four others with new Chief Executive Officers at the helm as the 2016 working year starts today.
Although it could not be confirmed officially, sources tell the Samoa Observer that the Ministry of Justice and Courts Administration and the Ministry of Education, Sports and Culture will have new C.E.Os.
The decision was apparently made last year, before the Christmas and New Year break.
The Ministry of Justice and Courts Administration is currently headed by long-serving C.E.O, Masinalupe Tusipa Masinalupe while the Ministry of Education, Sports and Culture is under the guidance of Matafeo Falanaipupu Aiafi.
Neither Masinalupe nor Matafeo could be contacted for a comment.
But Matafeo has already confirmed plans to contest one of the Urban Seats in the General Elections in March. He has held the post for two terms.
Masinalupe on the other hand has been one of the longest serving C.E.Os in government.
Towards the end of last year, Cabinet approved the appointment of Chief Executive Officers for six Government Ministries.
These included four new C.E.Os.
These Ministries include the Ministry of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (M.P.M.C); Ministry for Revenue (M.O.R); Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (M.F.A.T); Ministry of Finance (M.O.F), Ministry of Works Transport and Infrastructure (M.W.T.I) and the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology (M.C.I.T).
Two C.E.Os have been reappointed to their previous posts. They are the C.E.Os for the Ministry of Finance (M.O.F), Lavea Tupaimatuna Iulai and for the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology (M.C.I.T), Tuaimalo Asamu Ah Sam.
The new CEOs on the other hand are:
Ministry of the Prime Minister and Cabinet: Agafili Tomaimanō Shem Leo;
Ministry for Revenue: Avalisa Viali Fautuaalii;
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Peseta Noumea Simi;
Ministry of Works Transport and Infrastructure: Su’a Poumulinuku Onesemo.
Their appointments officially begin today.