Efforts by the Samoan government to speed up preparations for the construction of the first hydro-power station in the island of Savaii are being challenged.
The village council of Sili has announced that it has stopped the Minister of Works, Tuisugaletaua Sofara Aveau, and the Electric Power Corporation from making further moves towards building the hydro plant.
The village mayor or pulenu'u, Toala Fa'afo'i, says the village wants to discuss first with the government the proposed project's effects of their land.
The mayor says the minister has never approached the village matais to discuss the matter.
Efforts by previous governments to establish a hydro power station in Sili had failed.
The rivers have been Sili's main source of water and food.