29 Aug 2009

Samoa's Salelologa village withdraws opposition to road switch

9:19 am on 29 August 2009

The village of Salelologa on Savaii island has reversed an earlier decision to reject the road switch starting on September 7th.

The Talamua online news service said this follows a meeting between the village council and Cabinet Minister Faumuina Tiatia Liuga and the Salelologa Member of Parliament, Ti'ata Pulufaga yesterday.

The village last week announced its protest against the switch for safety reasons.

A village spokesman had announced that matais and untitled men will line the roads to make sure all passing vehicles will not switch sides of the road.

However, the village council gave its full support to the change after yesterday's meeting.

The village council also conveyed its apologies to the Prime Minister and government for what it says was an error in judgment that led to its earlier decision.

The village council also expressed concern over the lack of consultation with their parliamentary representatives.