Samoa Port Auth proposes 2,000% hike in some fees
Consumers could be hit hard with the Samoa Ports Authority (SPA) proposing to increase some charges by more than 2000 per cent.
This proposition has led Tautua MP Lealailepule Rimoni Aiafi to slam the State Owned Enterprise (SOE) for making the public pay for what he calls their “inefficiency”.
“The thing is we are going to be paying for their inefficiency,” he said.
“The previous management has been running this government SOE into huge financial debt because of poor management.”
“And now they are expecting us to pay for it - the people.”
“Also they are trying to pull the people who have been working on the wharf down with them.”
“They have been digging a huge hole and now they want to drag everybody down.”
“So it means at the end of the day we, the taxpayers and the people are going to be paying for all the increases.”
“They will give you a fuss about it now, but at the end of the day they will just pass it onto us to pay.”
“It is like those guys are biting the hand that is feeding them.”
Lealailepule released the report yesterday – saying that SPA had circulated this document to all the users of the wharf.
The document, which appears to be a board report, deals with a range of things including preparations for the upcoming Small Island Developing States conference, expressions of interest for the Salelologa Port development and a request by the immigration office.
However, it was the staggering increase to many fees that grabbed Lealailepule’s attention.
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