Samoa Opposition Slams Proposed Eleele Fou Redevelopment

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Former government building planned to become 15-story resort

By Unumoe Esera

APIA, Samoa (Talamua, Nov. 29, 2012) – The Opposition Party, Tautua Samoa has rejected the Governments proposed plans of building a 15 story resort at the Government building at Eleele Fou.

"This will destroy the environment and the ocean in the town area, there are a lot of beaches and businesses in the rural areas there is no need to build these developments," said Leader of the Opposition Palusalue Faapo II.

The proposed resort is part of facelift for the seafront of Apia which the Prime Minister said will make the capital more modern to attract more tourists and foreign investment. Ten companies have been selected to come up with drawings and plans on how the new look Apia facelift will look like for Governments approval.

The Opposition says there are no funds to build these projects and Government should consult first with environmental experts before going ahead with it. He says their concern is the stock exchange which is supposed to provide a lot of job opportunities for the public.

Plans also to build a hospital, fire-station, red cross and town at Itu-o-Tane where Vaipouli College is located and the Opposition Party is totally against.

"Government should carry out research on these matters first before planning such things. There is already a town at Salelologa and a hospital at Safotu. Why is there a need to build these other developments?" asked Palusalue.

He says that the Government should build a vocational institute at Vaipouli instead as it has now closed down to accommodate the students of Savaii after they leave secondary school and college.

"A lot of Government resources will be spent unnecessarily on these projects because they have not conducted thorough research on it," he added.

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