NUS steps in to replace rusty and wrecked manholes at new Friendship Park


The National University of Samoa stepped in to replace “two rusty and wrecked manholes on the pedestrian path at the seawall” at the Talafatai Friendship Park. 

The move came about after the NUS Vice Chancellor – Professor Aiono had a walk with his friends along the waterfront at the back of the Talafatai Friendship Park or the newly built Play Ground Area, and noticed rusty manholes on the pedestrian path at the seawall. 

This is according to a press statement issued this week.

He considered them unsafe and that they will pose hazards and may cause serious injury and pose risks given its around the playground where children play, and took action.  

“The sump condition was extremely rusty and corroded as a result of seawater exposure, which caused the metal reaction and destroyed the sump steel frame. 

“In fact, the function of the steel frame sump was designed to collect groundwater that seeps through the basement wall and foundations during the rainy seasons. “To resolve the problem, our NUS Vice Chancellor sought the Dean of Faculty of Technical Education for their kind assistance.” 

As a result, the Dean of FOTE – Lineta Tamanikaiyaroi and the Fabrication Engineering Team assessed the proposal and provided an expedient solution to ensure pedestrian safety.

At the same time, the project suited the learning experience of the current welding students at the University who are pursuing their Samoa Certificate II in Welding and Fabrication. 

“As part of their contribution to the community, the Welding Students of FOTE designed, welded, and installed covers for two manholes without lids along the waterfront of the Friendship Park at Matagaialalua.

“The Small project requested by the Vice Chancellor of the National University and the visitors of the Park as it became a hazard to the Community at large. 

“For this purpose, we commend the effort by our very own Faculty of Technical Education and its Welding and Fabrication Trade for the job well done. 

“Not forgetting the Lecturers, Susuga Tuasivi Kaleopa, Papu Taiivao and Leiataua Setefano Paulo, who have worked tirelessly and diligently to put these projects into action to broaden the practical understanding of our students on becoming the best Welders for Samoa in the future.”