$4.2million headquarters falling apart

By Joyetter Feagaimaali’i-Luamanu ,

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THE STATE OF THE BUILDING: The run down condition of the Samoa Land Corporation building situated in Tuana'imato. This cost taxpayers close to $5million to build.

THE STATE OF THE BUILDING: The run down condition of the Samoa Land Corporation building situated in Tuana'imato. This cost taxpayers close to $5million to build.

The $4.2 million tala three-story headquarters of the Samoa Land Corporation is in no condition to be occupied because of the unhygienic status of the building. 

This is according to an official who took the liberty of snapping these photos. 

The photos show there is mildew on the walls and holes on the ceiling. 

In August 2017, Minister of Public Enterprises, Lautafi Fio Purcell, told the Samoa Observer that S.L.C. would return to occupy the building. 

This was after they failed to attract viable bidders to run the building as a commercial headquarters.

When the Samoa Observer reached out to the Minister for a comment on the current condition of the building, questions were referred to the S.L.C. Chief Executive Officer, Ulugia Petelo Kavesi. 

Samoa Observer left several messages for the C.E.O. through his secretary who said to call him back on several occasions. 

THE STATE OF THE BUILDING: The run down condition of the Samoa Land Corporation building situated in Tuana'imato. This cost taxpayers close to $5million to build.
THE STATE OF THE BUILDING: The run down condition of the Samoa Land Corporation building situated in Tuana'imato. This cost taxpayers close to $5million to build.
THE STATE OF THE BUILDING: The run down condition of the Samoa Land Corporation building situated in Tuana'imato. This cost taxpayers close to $5million to build.
THE STATE OF THE BUILDING: The run down condition of the Samoa Land Corporation building situated in Tuana'imato. This cost taxpayers close to $5million to build.
THE STATE OF THE BUILDING: The run down condition of the Samoa Land Corporation building situated in Tuana'imato. This cost taxpayers close to $5million to build.
THE STATE OF THE BUILDING: The run down condition of the Samoa Land Corporation building situated in Tuana'imato. This cost taxpayers close to $5million to build.

The S.L.C. had been using the top floor of the Vaitele market.

In August 2017, Lautafi told the Samoa Observer he believes it is likely that Coin Save may end up taking over the top floor as well. 

“So it’s not possible to have any government offices here and that’s why it’s better for them to move back (to Tuana’imato) and make good use of that building,” he said.

But that is unlikely to happen according to the photos.

And if it does, the condition of the building will cost the government a lot more money to fix.

The multi-million-tala building was built and opened when Faumuina Tiatia Liuga was the Minister of S.L.C.

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