Next Friday has been declared a public holiday to honour the passing of Member of the Council of Deputies, Tuiloma Pule Lameko.
The decision was confirmed by Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Maleielgaoi.
Tuiloma passed away at the Tupua Tamasese Meaole Hospital at the beginning of the week. He was 83.
During an interview with the Samoa Observer at his office, Tuilaepa paid tribute to one of Samoa’s longest serving public servants.
He described him as a hard working man who served his country, his people and the government well.
Tuilaepa said Tuiloma’s funeral next Friday would be a state funeral.
And starting from next Wednesday, the flags will fly half-mast in honour his work.
Tuiloma’s passing was confirmed by a statement issued by the family earlier this week.
“Our family is deeply saddened by the passing of a man of great faith who always taught us the values of integrity, humility, respect, fairness, love and service for family, village, church and the people of Samoa,” the statement reads.
“A lay preacher who loved the Lord, an orator and high chief who was rich with knowledge and pride for his Samoan heritage, a statesman, a politician, a Fellow chartered accountant, a farmer and a business man whose life was devoted to serve. Known to our family as 'Meko', he will be sorely missed."