High Chief of Taelefaga grounds generator speculation

A senior matai of Taelefaga, Leauta Sialafaiga Valoaga, has rubbished claims there is a dispute between the village and the Electrical Power Corporation (E.P.C.).

In an interview with the Samoa Observer on Saturday, Leauta explained there was a “misunderstanding” over the installation of a third generator at the hydro power plant located in the village.

He denied that the matter had  escalated into a dispute. 

“There is no such thing," said Leuta. "The village has not interfered with work of the E.P.C."

“In fact, on behalf of my village I want to thank the E.P.C. for their quick reaction in addressing issues that we were highly concerned about."

According to Leuta, there were issues pertaining to the water waste being discharged from the generators.

“In the beginning the E.P.C.’s initial plan was to have three generators stationed at Taelefaga. However they built two at first and this third one is now underway. And there was an assumption the village should have been consulted," Leuta said.

“The concern is that with the two generators that we have, the discharge is quite hefty and having a third generator will mean more water discharging and it will affect more than ten families in the village.

“The water does not have a water way to the ocean; its discharged is dispersed on its own making its way to the ocean.”

Leauta said the request to the E.P.C. was made in person earlier this month on September 10 and within 12 days the E.P.C. had arrived in the village to begin working on the construction of a waterway.

“I was given the scope of work of the waterway and it will be cemented and there will a gate barring anyone from entering the waterway; this is great news for the village," the high chief said. 

“The issue is that when people wants things to happen, they want it today and now, but they forget these things take time and for the village its only 12 days and E.P.C. has taken action."

He told the Samoa Observer the sound of the generator when operating was disturbing, but said he would deal with the Corporation about the issue directly. 

E-mails and phone calls to the E.P.C.'s Chief Executive Officer, Tologata Tile Tuimaleali'ifano, were not answered as of press time.

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