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S.U.N.G.O. Chief Executive Officer passes away

The Chief Executive Officer of the Samoa Umbrella of Non-Governmental Organisations (S.U.N.G.O.), Tofua’iofoia Fuimaono Falefa Lima, has passed away.

A relative of Tofua’iofoia confirmed his death to the Samoa Observer.

Tofua’iofoia was attending a meeting as a representative of S.U.N.G.O. on Thursday when he required urgent medial attention and was taken to the Tupua Tamasese Meaole Hospital, Moto'otua, the Samoa Observer was told.

A special S.U.N.G.O. Board meeting was called on Thursday evening following the passing of the C.E.O. 

S.U.N.G.O. National President, Lavea Peseta Nafo’i, said the news was unexpected.

“It’s very sad and shocking for us to hear about his sudden death,” said Lavea. 

“We already miss him. We will relay further information in a press release after our meeting.” 

Tofua’iofoia was appointed the C.E.O. for S.U.N.G.O. in July last year. 

He is former General Manager of the Development Bank of Samoa. 

Prior to that, he was the Dean for the National University of Samoa's  Faculty of Business and Entrepreneurship. 

A paramount chief of Salani Falealili, he played a critical role in assisting community development projects. 

Tofua’iofoia held a B.A. Degree in Economics from the University of the South Pacific in Fiji as well as a Master of Arts Degree in Development Banking from the American University in Washington D.C.  

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