Poor roads are not new to Samoa.
The truth is, driving on the roads in some of the villages on the outskirts of Apia today is unpleasant.
Just ask some families at Moamoa and they will tell you.
The Village pulenu’u Taua’e Tavita Laki, 50, said the issue should be looked into immediately.
“For me personally, this issue should be one of the priorities because it costs the people so much money to fix up their cars ruined by the roads,” he said.
“We count ourselves lucky because we have running water but the water pipes don’t reach the families further inland.
“The biggest problem we are currently facing is the roads. Sometimes we don’t even have any buses running to our village. We had buses before but they stopped coming because the roads are just too bad.
“These are a few of the issues our village faces and if possible, we really need them addressed immediately.”
One of the problems faced by having a bad road is damage to the vehicles. It causes problems for public transport and it also puts families off from buying cars only to have them ruined.
“Many families want to get cars but when they do, it’s all ruined because of the state of the road,” He said.
“The way I see it, no car can last on a road like ours so many families avoid buying cars because at the end of the day, it’s all a waste of money.
“Because of the road stopping buses from coming and families from buying cars, many of the villagers face a normal hard routine of walking all the way to the main road if they want to catch the bus to town. It’s not easy living like this.
“We understand that these lands belong to the Catholic church. We need both the government and the church to do something about it.”
Taua’e said he has already asked the government for help.
“I’ve already written a letter with some village members’ signatures on it which I have delivered to the Minister of M.W.T.I.
“We were told that our road is going to be fixed in September this year, and hopefully we will be at peace by this time.”