It Won’t Be Smooth Sailing, PM to new Cabinet Ministers

It Won’t Be Smooth Sailing, PM to new Cabinet Ministers

By Lagi Keresoma

Apia, Samoa – 12 September 2023: Prime Minister Fiame Naomi Mataafa has informed the two new Cabinet Ministers who were sworn-in this morning that their new calling will not be a smooth sailing journey.

The new Cabinet Ministers are Lautimuia Afoa Uelese Vaai for the Ministry of Finance and Laumatiamanu Ringo Purcell for the new Ministry of Sports & Recreation.

She reminded them that the oaths they took are the manifestation of their commitment to God, for He alone is the source of wisdom, vision, revelation, and divine leadership to provide selfless service for the country and the people of Samoa.

The Faatuatua i le Atua Samoa ua Tasi-FAST Government has been in office for 25 months and have traversed many challenges following the general elections in 2021, as well as steering the government through a period of transition.

“To date, that is behind us and our vision is to work collectively to foster social harmony, safety and freedom for all. We are committed to accomplish what we have set out in the Pathway for the Development of Samoa to empower communities, build resilience, and inspire growth and it starts with us, Cabinet Ministers,” the Prime Minister said.

She reminded the Ministers of their collective responsibility to serve the country and her people well.

Parliament Speaker – Papalii Lio Taeu Masipau with the new Minister of Finance, Lautimuia Afoa Uelese Vaai and Nonu Lemauga Saleimoa Vaai after the swearing in ceremony.

“As custodians of public offices, it is our duty to exercise care, fairness and integrity in the way we conduct service delivery. It is our responsibility to respond to the needs of our people, in accordance with the laws and policies of government. Above all, it is our commitment to serve Samoa with humility and with love,” she said.

The Head of State Tuimalealiifano Va’aleto’a Sualauvi 11 presided over the ceremony which was attended by public officials, families and friends of the new Ministers.

Both Ministers acknowledged the Cabinet’s decision and trust and pledged to serve the people well.

Minister Tuilaepa ula

The Opposition Leader, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi congratulates the new Minister of Sports & Recreation, Laumatiamanu Ringo Purcell.