Former Minister of Finance, Papali’i Niko Lee Hang
By Lagi Keresoma
APIA: THRUSDAY 19 JUNE 2014: Former Minister of Finance Papalii Niko Lee Hang has called on Government to suspend the Samoa Land Corporation (SLC) Chief Executive Officer Afoa Arasi Tiotio
Speaking on the 2014/15 Budget Estimates in Parliament today, Papali’i said that all public servants should be treated fairly and equally.
He made reference to the Police Commissioner Lilomaiava Fou Taioalo and Assistant Police Commissioner Sala Uili Seaga who are still under suspension with full salary and the use of government vehicles.
“They were suspended on suspicions of corrupt practices and why hasn’t SLC received the same?” he asked.
Papali’i is also the Chairman of the Parliamentary Public Accounts Committee and he believes accusations against Lilomaiava and Sala are no different from the accusations against Afoa.
He strongly believes Government should act on it.
“Others are suspended on corruption accusations, it’s time something is done to the SLC CEO,” argued Papali’i.
The Samoa Land Corporation was central to the accusations of ‘corrupt practices’ against former Minister of Finance Faumuina Tiatia Liuga who has since resigned.
Papali’i also questioned why Member of Parliament Lafaitele Patrick Leiataualesa was stripped of his vehicle and salary when Lilomaiava and Sala are still enjoying that privilege.
He thought government should look seriously at their actions.
“I hate to think of our loss (financial) if accusations against Lilomaiava and Sala are proven right,” said Papalii.
“If accusations are proven wrong, then reinstate them and give them back pay, but not before,” said Papali’i.
“I pray Mr. Prime Minister that you would look at the SLC case,” said Papali’i.