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Vice Speaker counsels house representatives to be patient

 Vice Speaker of the House, Fetu Fetui Jr

Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Vice Speaker of the House, Fetu Fetui Jr has advised House representatives to be patient and give the new Administrations time to come up with new changes they’re seeking for the betterment of the people and the nation.

“We all want to see new changes from the new Administration, however, it’s only one week since they took over the role of leaders of our government. So I humbly ask you my dear fellow honorable representatives to be patient and give our new leaders time to sort things out for the betterment of our people,” Fetui told representatives this week after several faipule raised various issues they wanted to understand.

Matters such as government infrastructure, revenues, employment status, road projects and rules including control of the Nuuuli road traffic in front of the Laufou Shopping Center by DPS in the morning and the afternoon.

Aua Representative, Faimealelei Anthony Fu’e Allen wanted to know if the new Administration is going to make any changes on how the to control the traffic in front of the Laufou Shopping Center or not.

Faimmealelei questioned the reason why DPS police officers continue to place their cones in the middle of the road in Nuuuli in the morning and in the afternoon. He told reps that the problem is with DPS  controlling the traffic — but if left  to the drivers themselves there would be no problem.

He said he used to ride around the island after work almost everyday but ever since DPS has become involved in controlling the traffic in Nu’uuli, he no longer rides around the island because he gets stuck in traffic for almost 2 hours before he gets pass Nu’uuli.

A senior official from the Governor’s Office confirmed to Samoa News this week that the new Administration will continue the last Administration’s traffic rules on the main road in front of Laufou Shopping Center and CBT.

The traffic rules are enforced Monday to Friday but not on weekends or on holidays. Many thought the day after the inauguration of the new administration, when the orange cones were not placed on the road that the traffic rules were no longer in effect. But they returned the day after the holiday.

One bus driver told Samoa News that “the cones are not the point … there are just too many cars and just 2 lanes. We need a better solution for the problem.” He further stated that American Samoa needs more roadways because we have too many cars.

Other drivers have said that we shouldn’t blame the cops because they’re just doing their job.