A resident of Alafua has raised concerns about what he called the “irresponsible attitude” of the Electric Power Corporation (E.P.C.) workers towards the public.
Charlie Mansfield told the Sunday Samoan that for the past two weeks, E.P.C. workers did not care to remove the trees they had cut along the public road that connects the main road to the other residences that live on his side.
According to Mr. Mansfield, the first Saturday they had come to cut the trees, they dumped all the rubbish on the side of the road.
This destroyed his rubbish stand. They did not even bother to try and repair it.
“I am more concerned about the powerline since last cyclone it hasn’t been secured either,” the frustrated man said.
“They just dump the rubbish about on the property after their work not bothering to clean it afterwards. They are irresponsible, they just don’t care.”
Mr. Mansfield said the cutting of the trees by E.P.C. was to protect the powerlines, but they could have removed the branches of the trees.
“These trees have been here through three cyclones and it was unnecessary to remove them. Prune yes, but cut down and leave across the road like this for the past 10 days is incredible."
“In these days of environmental awareness and awareness of erosion, I find this incredible. The gang that cut down these trees had a chain saw and could have cut the logs up to move them but typically they left them to cause as much inconvenience to the residents as possible.”
Mr. Mansfield said in the process of cutting the tress, they also took down the powerlines completely.
“They cut my underground broadband line and left the power lines still within easy reach of pedestrians. When they finally get around to removing the logs, they will probably damage my water line which the S.W.A. has typically left above ground.”
Efforts to get comments from the E.P.C. were unsuccessful as of press time.