No immediate plans for Regulator's Office

Cabinet has yet to make a decision on whether to rebuild the Office of the Regulator at Mulinu'u, which was recently completely destroyed by an inferno.

This was confirmed by the recently appointed Regulator, Lematua Gisa Fuatai-Purcell, in response to questions from the Samoa Observer.

“There are no plans as of the moment,” she said. “That is one of the issues I will look at when I arrive and recommend options to Cabinet.”

Lematua has not yet arrived in Samoa to take up her appointment. She was recently appointed to take over the role previously occupied by Lefaoali'i Unutoa Fonoti. 

But in an announcement by the Government earlier this month, it said the new Regulator is expected to take up her role in either October or late November depending on the availability of flights for her return to Samoa.

The only building standing on the compound at Mulinu'u are the offices used by Samoa Broadcasting Company Limited TV1.

Lematua did not response to questions on what might happen to TV1.

But the Chief Executive Officer of TV1 Samoa, Galumalemana Faiesea Matafeo, said they have not heard from the Government on what will happen next.

“If it comes to that, we will certainly move elsewhere,” she said.

The Office of the Regulator at Mulinu’u was demolished by fire in April.

The blaze also destroyed four vehicles parked within the compound, just meters away from a large satellite dish which is one of six on the premises.

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