Lefaga residents appeal to Government to fix road
Residents of the district of Lefaga have appealed to the Government to fix the deteriorating condition of their road.
A number of residents told the Samoa Observer that the condition of the road – which is the main access connecting the village to town – has deteriorated so badly due to the lack of maintenance.
Fifty-two-year-old, Fou Sila, who is a resident from Falease'ela Lefaga, said the Government's intervention is necessary.
“The condition of our roads is very bad, if you were to travel from town going through Lefaga district, it is evident that there are so many potholes,” he said.
The 52-year-old man said the road condition is a major challenge for residents who own cars as well as those visiting the village.
“It has been a long time since this problem has occurred. The importance of fixing the roads is to save the lives of those that walk on roadsides,” he said.
“As for the car owners, the more cars drive through potholes and bad roads, it is more likely the cars start having trouble, and it is not cheap to get a car fixed nowadays especially if a family depends greatly on their cars for transport.”
Badly built drainage systems on the sides of the side is also a major problem for local residents, according to Mr. Sila.
“It is because when it rains heavily, the road is covered in water and that can easily affect the roads and caused it to form potholes.”
A village representative from Tafagamanu Lefaga, 57-year-old Mareta Tuala, echoed similar sentiments.
“We desperately need the roads to be fixed because it has become a huge problem for our vehicles. For some families, they have used huge rocks on the front of their homes so the cars will not use their property as a road,” she said.
“And another use for the stones it is to protect pedestrians from getting struck by any car. The hope for families is to protect the children and also everyone’s well-being so that no accidents and lives should be lost from this issue.”
Another resident, Simolo Talalelei, said passenger and pedestrian safety cannot be guaranteed unless the authorities built proper footpaths along the side of the road.
“Safety is the only subject that crosses my mind when I think about bad roads, the reason being is because there are no footpaths and that there are so many children who walk before and after school so it is a precaution for their well-being.”
Attempts by this newspaper to contact the Minister of Works, Transport and Infrastructure, Papali’i Niko Lee Hang, for a comment were unsuccessful.