24 Sep 2009

Togiola confident about American Samoa cannery rescue plan

6:36 pm on 24 September 2009

The American Samoa governor Togiola Tulafono has revealed more about his plan for the territory to buy a cannery, telling lawmakers he's thought it through and it can succeed.

The Samoa Packing cannery shuts down next week with the loss of more than 2,000 jobs.

But Togiola says they can save up to 700 of those jobs by buying the plant and re-opening the cannery.

He says it would process albacore and wahoo and seek a co-packing contract with another cannery.

Our correspondent in Pago Pago, Monica Miller, says the Governor is confident despite the reservations of some lawmakers over how it will be financed and the impact on the public.

"But the governor went out and said: please I need you to have faith in this plan. And there is no guessing work here, we've done the homework and this is an opportunity that has been given to our generation, and he really thinks that it can succced."

Monica Miller reporting from Pago Pago