Govt. appoints new board members

The Government has appointed new members to the boards of the Land Transport Authority (L.T.A.), Samoa Airport Authority (S.A.A.) and Public Trust.

The L.T.A. Board has three new members in Rosita Esera, Misi Tupuola and Tauili’ili Lafaele Sefo replacing Amituanai Winston Tufuga.

Businessman, Taua Paul Phillips, remains the L.T.A. Board Chairman and Lilo Leilua Punivalu has been reappointed.

Ex-officio members include: Commissioner of Police Fuiavaili’ili Egon Keil; C.E.O. Ministry of Works, Transport & Infrastructure Magele Viali Hoe; C.E.O. Accident Compensation Corporation, Muliagatele Masoe Makerita Matafeo and C.E.O. Land Transport Authority, Galumalemana Ta'atialeoitiiti Tutuvanu-Schwalger. 

For the Public Trust, accountant Tagaloa Fa’afouina Su'a remains as the Board Chairman with the new member being Elizabeth Chang Tung-Peters, Asi Fa'afili Blakelock, Leota Tu’u’u Anasi’i Leota and Toleafoa Lei Sam have been reappointed.

Monica Sio is no longer on the Public Trust Board while the C.E.O. Leaupepe Pelesauma Ropati remains an ex-officio Board Member. 

For the S.A.A., the number of its board members has been reduced from seven to five.

The new S.A.A. Board Members are Tima Ula Saili, Funefeai Oliver Vaai and Clare Leota. They replace Samau Ieru Lokeni; Tuala Tommy Stancil; Tuala Pat Leota; Leota Tima Leavai and Solialofi Harry Porter. 

Businessman Vaatuitui Apete Meredith remains the Board Chairman while Inu Amosa Pouoa has been reappointed to the board. The C.E.O.  Silimanai Ueta Banse Jr. Solomona is a non-voting board member. 

Compensation for directors is set at $18,500 a year while a chairman receives $22,500. 

Last year, the Ministry of Public Enterprises, released a Board Directors' Handbook, outlining new guidelines designed to overhaul the way public bodies are governed.  

At the time Public Enterprises C.E.O., Elita To’oala, said the purpose of the handbook is to provide guidance to directors about the expectations for governance of a public body.

The C.E.O. cautioned that directors are not entitled to any bonuses, just annual directors' fees. The handbook says directors' fees are to be paid for services provided. Directors are expected to attend all board meetings and actively contribute to the work of the Board. 

The appointment of the new board members for the three State entities was announced in a Cabinet directive issued last week.

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