Some of the 16 new Samoan citizens taking their oath
Source: PRESS SECRETARIAT
APIA, SAMOA – WEDNESDAY 29 NOVEMBER 2017: Commitment to their oath is the message delivered by Prime Minister Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Dr. Sailele Malielegaoi in his welcoming address of 16 new Samoan citizens who were sworn in this morning.
“The message for you today, is to serve your country with humility, honesty and commitment,” said the Prime Minister at the swearing in ceremonies. “You are not anymore temporary or permanent residents but citizens of Samoa. There is no such thing as automatic citizenship; we have a collective responsibility, and that is to serve and protect this country,” the government leader continued. “We should neither lose sight of our duties as committed Samoans, nor forfeit the confidence of your fellow citizens. “Today, your journey as citizens of Samoa has begun.”
All of the 16 citizens have satisfied the law requirements.
This follows a lengthy and meticulous assessment process of applications for Samoan citizenship conducted in accordance with requirements of the Citizenship Act 2004.
Fifteen of them have qualified by virtue of marriage to Samoan citizens pursuant to section 9 of the Act, and one has qualified upon fulfillment of the permanent residence criteria under Section 8.
These candidates have been living with their families in Samoa. Many are working in the private sector as managers, lawyers and entrepreneurs.
NAMES OF NEW CITIZENS
Name Country Link
Metusela Fiu Fiji marriage
Akosita Salesa Tonga marriage
Adi Tamanikaiyaroi Fiji marriage
Shan Usman Fiji marriage
Brice Waroux France marriage
Benjamin Harding USA marriage
Doug Makulua Puniani Tonga marriage
Earl Defazio USA marriage
Franklin Krieger USA marriage
Jean Hugues Jatier NZ marriage
Glen Allan Huges Australia marriage
Jinghong Li China marriage
Warren Jopling Australia marriage
Susan Laban Toomalatai Fiji marriage
Josef Marx Germany\Australia marriage
Amelia Faasau Tonga marriage