NUS Press Release 23-09-2022

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NUS – FOTE Students “Welding Skills” – Putting back to the Community

Apia, Samoa – Friday, 23rd September 2022.

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. To his surprise, he noticed two rusty and wrecked manholes on the pedestrian path at the seawall which he considered unsafe and that they will pose hazards and may cause serious injury.

To a greater extent, the issue would potentially affect the pedestrians and may pose risks when they trip and fall, particularly the young kids who may slip in and end up in the ocean. The sump condition was extremely rusty and corroded as a result of seawater exposure, which caused 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 Fabrication Engineering Team assessed the proposal and provided an expedient solution to ensure pedestrian safety.

Hence, 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.




  1. Welding and Fabrication students on the mission
  2. Removing & Measuring the old steel frame sump


  1. Measurement transfer into drawing before identifying the required materials
  2. Drawing transfer to steel frame and 25 re-bars to be welded in vertical position


5. Placing new steel frame sumps

6. Specifications requirement and final check for quality

Completion of project

7. Steel Frame Sump now on place and Control Risk completed for the community