Minister responds to criticisms

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FOREVER GRATEFUL: Minister of Police, Sala Fata Pinati

FOREVER GRATEFUL: Minister of Police, Sala Fata Pinati

The Minister of Police and Fire and Emergency Services Authority (F.E.S.A), Sala Fata Pinati, has called on members of the public to be patient.

Fata was speaking in Parliament last week when he acknowledged a growing number of complaints from members of the public, especially about the Police.

“There are always problems but the main goal is to ensure the safety of our people,” he said.

Fata added that there are a lot of changes being made to improve the work of the Police and people should allow some time for these changes to be effective.

As for requests from several villages for Police outposts to be established, Sala said these are still being considered by the government, who are taking into account their ability to set up these posts in terms of finances.

Fata also spoke about a potential Police headquarters at Salelologa. 

“We have to be mindful of what we have (money) but maybe with the next person to take over (as Minister) this can be done.” 

Moving on to complaints about F.E.S.A, Sala noted the concerns about the Authority’s ability to perform its role. He referred to the recent Savalalo flea market fire. 

But Sala defended the Authority against the complaints.

He told Parliament that if the Authority had failed, they would not have been able to save the neigbouring Development Bank of Samoa building. 

“So I thank the authority for their work and patience.”

Another area he touched on was the Tafaigata prison choir known as Ola Toefuataina. 

According to Fata he has recommended that it be compulsory for prisoners to have a moment of prayer. 

Fata said it might help renew the lives of those who are neglected in their families prayers. 

About the police academy, the Minister also acknowledged the Prime Minister for signing a memorandum with China to build a new Police academy. 

Before he returned the floor, Sala thanked his constituency for electing him and for their support in the past five years as well as the Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi for giving him the honour of being a Minister. 

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