School opens new hall after six-year wait

By Yumi Epati Tala’ave 29 January 2019, 12:00AM

Tanugamanono Primary School has opened the new academic year with a new hall costing over $30,000.

Work on the school hall initially began in 2012 but they encountered some financial problems.

But things changed when a new committee was elected and they began work to source funding to complete the project. 

In November last year, a proposal from the committee went before China Aid for its consideration. The application for funding was successful and led to the donation of $30,000 by the Chinese Embassy.

The School Committee chairman, Atoamafuaiupolu Loto Lolopo, told Samoa Observer the project wouldn’t have been completed without the assistance of the Chinese Embassy.

“This hall was initially build in the year 2012 and it was an unfinished business. We are not aware of the reasons why but one thing for sure is that there was not enough money especially no aids were granted at the time. But we are grateful the work has been completed after all these years.”

“It took us four weeks to complete the hall that was left from the year 2012 and we could have not done this if it wasn’t for the aid granted by the Ambassador of China through the Minister of Finance Papali’itele Unasa Niko Lee Hang.”

“We were given an amount of $30,000 on November last year and this year we had used up all that money for the competition of the school hall. We experienced that more students are entering in the school each year and we want everything to be new and good for our children.”

The Treasurer of the Committee, Asotasi So’onanofo Talosaga told Samoa Observer that the $30,000 was granted to them in cheque when the request has been consider but the actual amount of money that has spent on the hall was more than that.

“We were given an amount of $30,000 to cover for the completion of the school hall and that includes the wages of the carpenters too. So we’re sure that the money was more than what we were told. When the school hall was finally done, the actual money spent talking from the receipts, we had spent $30,227.25.”

The Tanugamanono School Committee and village acknowledged the aid granted by the Chinese Ambassador through the Minister of Finance Papali’itele Unasa Niko Lee Hang. They also extend their heartful thanks to all the parents and all the villagers who came along to support them in the beginning of their work.

By Yumi Epati Tala’ave 29 January 2019, 12:00AM

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