P.M. plans to increase size of Cabinet

The Government has promised to amend the Constitution to increase the number of Cabinet Ministers from 13 to 15 in the next Parliament sitting.

The plan was revealed by Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, who said the proposed change reflects the increasing Government workload.

Although a final decision on what portfolios the additional Ministers will get, the Prime Minister revealed the Government is looking at breaking down the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (M.N.R.E.) and the Ministry of Education, Sports and Culture (M.E.S.C.).

M.N.R.E. was under former Deputy Prime Minister, Fiame Naomi Mata’afa, who recently left the Government. Prime Minister Tuilaepa is the Acting Minister of M.N.R.E.

“A sensitive Government reacts to changes,” Tuilaepa said during his weekly media programme. “We cannot have a changing country and still keep the same laws. Laws must be amended to reflect major changes in Government from time to time.

“The goal is efficiency in the implementation of works in response to the needs of the country in terms of protecting lives.”

But the Prime Minister said the proposed change could only happen if the Human Rights Protection Party wins April’s General Election.

“That‘s if we come back,” Tuilaepa said. “There is another group who strongly believe they will be the ones to lead the Government. You’ve got to remember that with those things, it depends on God.”

The Prime Minister said he was mindful that some people have been calling for a change of the Government for as long as the H.R.P.P. has been in power.

“With this call to change the Government, that’s the same song people who have wanted to change the government have been singing since 1982,” he said.

“For us, all we can do is pray and leave it to God, he determines who leads.”

At the moment, the Cabinet is made up of 12 Ministers plus the Prime Minister.

But Tuilaepa said the time has come to increase this number.

“After independence and for about thirty years, Tofilau (Eti Alesana) felt the Government’s responsibilities had multiplied and there was a need for additional Ministers. It was eight and then there was an additional four plus the Prime Minister who was the thirteenth Minister,” Tuilaepa said.

“Now Cabinet has resolved to add another two, making it fourteen and Cabinet is looking at the big Ministries to divide the load and responsibilities.”

Tuilaepa spoke about M.N.R.E. saying it is a big ministry, given the pressing issues of climate change, Meteorology, lands and survey and other responsibilities that come with the portfolio.  

He also expressed similar concerns about M.E.S.C., highlighting the need to rearrange the set up so that education is separated from culture and sports.

“The Government has grown and that is the reason. But those are just our plans,” he said, adding that amendments to existing laws are necessary.

“So we have to amend the law, that’s what laws are for, you have to keep amending them because life is constantly changing.”

 

Cabinet Ministers as of now:

1. Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi (Lepa)

Prime Minister,

Ministry of the Prime Minister (inclusive of Cabinet Affairs, Immigration, Press & Savali & Recognised Seasonal Employers Scheme (RSE); Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade; Office of the Attorney General; Public Service Commission; Legislative Assembly; Ombudsman; Samoa Law Reform Commission; Ministry of Police; Fire & Emergency Services.

Other Duties:

Executive Council, Honours and Awards, Non Government Organisations, Scholarship Committee, Remuneration Tribunal, Cabinet Development Committee.

 

2. Lautafi Fio Selafi Purcell (Satupaitea)

Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Labour; Ministry of Public Enterprises; Samoa Land Corporation; Housing Corporation; Accident Compensation Corporation; Samoa Sports & Facilities Authority; Polynesian Airlines.

Other Duties:

Trade Negotiations- (WTO, ACP/EU, PACER, PICTA), Small Business Enterprise Centre, Consumer Protection, Government Housing Committee, Totalisator Agency Board (TAB), Gambling Control Authority of Samoa.

 

3. Sala Fata Pinati (Gagaemauga No.1)

Public Trust Office, Samoa Tourism Authority, Audit Office, Samoa Bureau of Statistics.

Other Duties:

Registry of Births/Deaths/Marriages

 

4. Faimalotoa Kika Stowers (Gagaifomauga No.1)

Ministry of Health, National Health Services, National Kidney Foundation.

Other Duties:

Oceania University and Medicine, District Hospital & Health Centre; Women Health Committee.

 

5. Papaliitele Niko Lee Hang (Urban East)

Ministry of Works, Transport and Infrastructure, Samoa Water Authority, Electric Power Corporation, Samoa Ports Authority, Samoa Airport Authority, Samoa Shipping Corporation, Samoa Land Transport Authority, Samoa Shipping Services & PFL.

Other Duties:

Civil Aviation

 

6. Lopaoo Natanielu Mua (Vaisigano No.1)

Ministry of Agriculture; Scientific Research Organisations of Samoa-SROS.

Other Duties:

Fisheries

 

7. Sili Epa Tuioti (Faasaleleaga No.1 East)

Ministry of Finance; Central Bank of Samoa; Development Bank of Samoa, Samoa Life Assurance Corp, SIFA, Unit Trust of Samoa, National Provident Fund.

Other Duties:

Tenders Board, Offshore Jurisdiction, Renewable Energy.

 

8. Tuitama Dr Talalelei Tuitama (Aana Alofi No.1 East)

Ministry of Women, Community and Social Development.

Other Duties:

Village Mayors & Sui o le Malo.

 

9. Tialavea Tionisio Hunt (Vaa o Fonoti)

Ministry of Revenue (Customs and Tax); Police, Prisons & Rehabilitation Services.

Other Duties:

Liquor Board, Revenue Board, Juvenile Rehabilitation, Robert Louis Stevenson Foundation.

 

10. Afamasaga Rico Tupai (Aana Alofi No.3)

Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, Office of the Regulator.

Other Duties:

Samoa Broadcasting Corp (2AP), Samoa Post.

 

11. Loau Solamalemalo Sio (Sagaga le Falefa)

Ministry of Education, Sports and Culture (inclusive of NUS, Polytechnic and Pre-Schools), Samoa Qualification Authority.

Other Duties:

Museum and Archives

 

12: Faaolesa Katopau T. Ainuu (Vaimauga Sisifo No.2)

Ministry of Justice and Courts Administration.

 

13: VACANT 

Ministry of Agriculture; Scientific Research Organisations of Samoa-SROS.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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