Government 90 days deadline to respond extended

Speaker of Parliament La’aulialemalietoa Leuatea Polataivao

By Lagi Keresoma

APIA: FRIDAY 12 SEPTEMBER 2014: The stipulated 90 days deadline for the Government to respond to the recommendations of the Parliamentary Finance Committee has been extended.

This was confirmed by Parliament Speaker La’aulialemalietoa Leuatea Polataivao with Talamua today.

However, he did not say when the extension expires.

The extension was based on a request from the Government.

“Cabinet asked for more time and I granted it because I know the hard task they face of trying to respond to every detailed recommended by the Committee,” said the Speaker.

Government was given 90 days to respond to the recommendations of the Parliamentary Finance Committee on the Auditor General’s Report on the Samoa Land Corporation report which was passed in Parliament in April this year and the 90 days is now four months past the deadline.

The Speaker also said part of the delay in the Government’s response was due to the many commitments such as international conferences for the Prime Minister including the Small Islands Developing States (SIDS) conference which Samoa hosted last week.

The Speaker is expecting a response next month when Parliament reconvenes.

A vocal critique of the SLC Report who had been pushing for the implementation of the recommendations including legal action is the Chairman of the Parliamentary Finance & Expenditure Committee Papali’i Niko Lee Hang. He said if the Government response is not to their expectation, they have another option in line.

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