31 Jul 2006

Samoa government to discuss land dispute

6:26 pm on 31 July 2006

The Samoan government has ordered two separate reports from parties involved in a land dispute in Savaii Island where the only Government College is being run.

The Prime Minister, Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi, says the reports will enable the government to have a clear picture of the disputed between the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment and the village council of Matautu Avao.

The row developed when the ministry ceased paying the land lease of about 2000 US dollars.

The action came after a land review discovered the sole owner of the 120 acre of disputed land was the government and not the village.

The people of Matautu Avao have so far provided security for the land.

Several matais are now guarding the main entrance into the school compound.

The village council has ordered all government workers at the school not to set foot on the land or harvest agricultural crops.