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BAD DIESEL FUEL

Rep. Talaimatai Elisaia Su'a expressed his disappointment with the recent power outages in Aunuu, saying the explanation as to what caused the power outages was even more hard to swallow.

According to the freshman faipule, the power went off five times in Aunuu this past Saturday, which he says was very inconvenient as this is the day when people are trying to clean up their churches, conduct choir rehearsals, and prepare for Sunday festivities. He said appliances and household goods have been damaged because of the power surges every time the power goes on and off. As if that wasn't frustrating enough, Talaimatai said he was told that the reason the power outages occurred was because the diesel that was used to power the generators was bad.

Laughter was heard in the House when the Saole lawmaker said perhaps all the good and clean diesel was being used in Tutuila while all the bad and dirty diesel was being sent off to Aunuu. He urged the chairman of the House Committee on ASPA to look into the situation so it does not happen again.

CONTINUED PLEA FOR ROAD REPAIRS FROM TUALAUTA

During yesterday's regular session in the House of Representatives, Rep. Florence Vaili Saulo told her colleagues that she was happy to see that work had been carried out to temporarily repair the potholes in the Fatuoaiga and Fagaima areas of Tualauta District. She said she had planned on writing on a 'thank-you' letter to the officials of the Department of Public Works but on her way to work that same morning, she discovered that the heavy rains from the night before had literally washed away the dirt used to cover up the potholes and the roads were once again full of potholes. She said Tualauta District desperately needs help fixing their roads and added that she will not be writing a 'thank-you' note after all.

SEC OF SAMOAN AFFAIRS PRAISED FOR CLEAN UP EFFORTS AT LHS

Rep. Puletuimalo Koko offered praise and thanks to the Secretary of Samoan Affairs Satele Galu Sr. for his hard work in cleaning up the campus of Leone High School last week. House Speaker Savali Talavou Ale told Puletu to personally thank Satele, on behalf of the entire western district, for his efforts. A Leone resident told the Samoa News that Satele put aside his high chiefly title and was seen picking up trash and leading the clean up efforts. During a separate day, Western Districtat Governor Lualemaga Faoa, along with the faalupega of Fofo, Aitulagi, and Alataua counties were also part of the clean up effort LHS aimed at promoting cleanliness and ensuring that the school campus was safe for students in that area.

LOLO THANKED FOR SPEARHEADING ROAD REPAIRS ACROSS THE TERRITORY

Rep. Maugaoalii Leapai Tusipa Anoai recognized Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga during yesterday's House session, thanking the Chief Executive for heeding public outcries about the pothole ridden roads across the territory. Maugaoalii referred to the road between the Fagatogo Marketplace and the Iseulaolemoana boat shed, as well as the road to the LBJ Medical Center and the strip in front of the ANZ Amerika Samoa Bank — all areas that have been plagued with potholes for many years but have since been repaired.

VAAMUA CALLS FOR REVIEW OF DMWR DUTIES

During the confirmation hearing for DMWR director Dr. Ruth Matagi Tofiga in the House of Representatives last week, Rep. Vaamua Henry Sesepasara urged Tofiga to look into the duties of the Department of Marine and Wildlife Resources, saying the department has shown no sign of progress in the area of development over the past 16 years.

Vaamua, a former DMWR director said that the three roles of DMWR are to research, enforce, and develop. He said that the areas of research and enforcement are in good standing but the development side is lacking. "In the past 16 years, there has been no progress in this area and this basically means there is no help for the local fishermen," he said. "We really need to look at what fishermen both here and in Manu'a need."

Vaamua explained that grant funds that come pouring in for DMWR come as a result of reports sent to the feds based on reports from the local fishermen. He said the same grant money is then used for research and enforcement, and nothing goes to the development of the local fishing fleet, which is why the money was sent here in the first place.



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