Road problems hinder development

By Ulimasao Fata ,

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Ruby Fesola’i Felea’i.

Ruby Fesola’i Felea’i.

The poor road condition in Faleasi’u to Aleisa contributes to financial hardships faced by residents of the area. 

The concern was expressed by 50-year-old Ruby Fesola’i, a mother, from the village of Faleasi’u-uta. 

For as long as she can remember, Mrs. Fesola’i says this has been an issue for residents in the area because she grew up there.

“This is not a new issue to the people and residents around here because the road has been damaged for about five years now,” she told the Village Voice team yesterday morning. 

“We have been spending lot of money fixing and repairing our car because of the road here in our place.

“We are facing financial crisis too here because the cost of one tire is now more than $100 now, so we are spending so much on our car and not our children.

“If you come all the way from the coastal area, the good part of the road just covers the first 15 kilometers.”

Roads in Faleasi’u.
Roads in Faleasi’u.

And she is calling on the government to intervene because the bad road is also a health concern. 

“We are also breathing the dusty air generated from the roads to our houses and this is a serious concern, especially for the children.” 

And not only that, Mrs. Fesola’i says bus services in their area have also been affected. 

“Our buses have decreased their trips here and if the bus stops coming to our area for good, then it will be another added burden for people here.”

Mrs. Fesola’i said the poor road status could be a cause of future problems.

“I just hope this road will not gona take any lives in the near future due to the condition it has today.

“In case someone from our area needs to get to the hospital early, I don’t think that will happen because of the road we have now.”

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