Miliona challenges the govt. over jobs

By Aruna Lolani 22 May 2017, 12:00AM

The government has a responsibility to provide jobs.

So says 21-year-old Miliona Lua of Solosolo. 

Speaking to the Village Voice, he argues that it’s not his fault he’s unemployed. 

“I’m not trying to be smart or something but this is the truth,” he said.

“To be realistic, our government should prioritise their duty to our people. 

“I used to go school and I dreamed to become a teacher but things turned out differently. 

“My parents lost their jobs because they are both sick and I got no other choice but to stay home and look after them.

“It was my last year at Malua Fou College when I dropped out.  

“I couldn’t continue on with school because we have no money.” 

Miliona challenged the government about their responsibility. 

“It is the responsibility of the government to provide any job compensation to these distraught families so that these families could survive,” he said.

“I don’t want to offend anyone or someone but I want to voice this issue.

“None of us go school anymore so the plantation is where we get some food from. We need money all the time and we need to prioritise our sick parents.”  

Like any Samoan would, Miliona is looking for a job to ease his suffering.  

“I spend most of the time to look for a job because this is the only way for us to care our parents. I can do any job and I’m a very hard working person.

 “We have nothing left except of hope and faith.” 

He went on to thank his parents.

“My mom and dad are everything to us,” he said.

“They worked days and days to put food on the table.

 “If only the government is able to visit us here and see what’s going on they would know what I’m talking about.

“This is just a humble request and a simple plight for the government to consider. I am very much in need of a job to help my family.”

By Aruna Lolani 22 May 2017, 12:00AM

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