Ruling party celebrates milestones

The Human Rights Protection Party yesterday celebrated its 39th birthday and Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sailele Malielegaoi’s 20 years as Prime Minister. 

Speaking at the party headquarters yesterday where the celebrations were held, the Prime Minister acknowledged the presence of deputy council, Le Mamea Ropati, who is a founding member of the party.  

“His presence is paramount, as we reflect in 1979 our efforts to dominate Parliament, but we missed one vote. Otherwise we would’ve reached a milestone, a new party and yet we were less one vote and like every event afterwards, there is a prayer of thanksgiving.

Tuilaepa said the party’s main goal is to protect the rights of everyone, including those who do not support them.  

“We set aside our salutations and our differences and we come together as members of the H.R.P.P. 

“You are the chosen ones to serve our country and it’s never an easy task, a task that needs everyone on board,” he said. 

As Samoa progressed into the future, no one could see the future, but all they can do is prepare, added the Prime Minister.

Tuilaepa then set out guidelines and reminded the party members to follow suit. 

“One must follow in order to lead and one must serve if you want to lead,” he said. 

According to Tuilaepa, the work of the party is broadcasted through a question and answer programme with the media on a weekly basis. Successful projects that the Government has embarked on include preparations for the Pacific Games, doctors working in clinics in villages and the exporting of Samoan bananas. 

The rationale behind the change in the national airline’s branding from Polynesian Airlines to Samoa Airways was then explained, with the P.M. saying it will showcase Samoa to the world. 

“There are ongoing negotiations for a second Airplane—a little bit bigger than the current (737-800 aircraft)—for the Samoa Airways, thanks to the perseverance by the Minister Lautafi Purcell and his team for this milestone.” 

The Government is also working on building a jet bridge at the Faleolo International Airport as well as extending the runway to allow bigger aircrafts to land.

Amongst other ongoing Government-sponsored projects he acknowledged was the Vaisigano bridge, a double lane road from Saina to Faleolo and the rebuilding of the Mali’oli’o bridge in Savai’i. The recent success of Samoa Rugby Union to secure a seat at the World Rugby Union Board was also commended.

Deputy Prime Minister Fiame Naomi Mata’afa praised Tuilaepa on reaching the milestones in his 20 years of service in office. 

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