Fiji Sun

Samoa halts funding for prison as cost escalates slowly


Samoa’s government has ordered a freeze on all funding to the new prison project as the cost escalates slowly towards the $US7.8 million (FJ$15.6m)

A direction had been issued to discontinu­e any variations for the ongoing prison project unless expressly approved by Cabinet. The Samoa Observer reported the prison project had already cost nearly $US4 million (FJ$8m) and a second phase had yet to start.

It was not clear when it would start now that the funding restrictio­ns had been put in place.

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