Bad roads a safety hazard

By Seia Soloi and Fetalai Tuilulu’u ,

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PLEADING FOR GOVERNMENT’S HELP: The Leauva’a Road.

PLEADING FOR GOVERNMENT’S HELP: The Leauva’a Road. (Photo: Sei’a Soloi)

What is good for Apia town should also be good for Leauva’a.

That’s the reminder from Sala Tautiaga Tauiliili of Leauva’a and Neiafu to the government. He is unhappy about the state of their village’s roads.

 “This is a long road and as you can see, it’s full of potholes and it’s a real hazard for cars and people,” he said. Sala said the problem has been around for a long time.

“This has been happening for five years. We’ve been asking for help to no avail. This is why I am hoping I will be able to get the message through on your newspaper.”  Sala said they have met about the issue numerous times. “We have held village meetings so many times with regards to our roads. We informed the government and yet nothing has been done. I am very disappointed.”

The 70-year-old father of twelve raised the issue because he feels sorry for some people who care about their cars.

Sala Tautiaga Tauiliili of Leauva’a and Neiafu.
Sala Tautiaga Tauiliili of Leauva’a and Neiafu.

“Sometime I don’t want to walk or come here anymore because of the road,” he said

“Even buses and taxi avoid the area. So they just drop off people and they have to walk all the way to wherever they have to go. It’s not easy.”

“Roads are very important but if the situation like our road is left alone, then what’s the point.”

“There are more than 30 families living in the area. That should be enough people for our road  to be fixed. Sala believes that there are many other villages facing the same difficulty. But he is hoping that one day their request will be answered.”

“We want it fixed real soon please,” he said. “Our government should prioritise issues like water, electricity and roads. These roads are putting people’s lives at risk.”

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