Former Interior Minister and Presidential Adviser, Mai Ahmad Fatty, has called on President Adama Barrow to act as a Commander-in Chief and CEO of the tiny West African state.
Fatty has made these calls to the presidency amid the growing fear of COVID-19 pandemic. He advised him to take charge of his leadership role to protect the citizens.
Below is his statement:
“I commend the Government for the initiatives thus far. Yet we are not doing enough. President Barrow, work with the National Assembly and declare a State of Emergency without delay. Impose a sensible curfew regime with other effective measures to enforce new public health directives. Deploy microscopic monitoring of the 500 million Dalasi emergency fund, ensuring that monies are being prudently spent to curb the novel corona virus pandemic. Reach out to businesses and NGOs for partnership and exploit our international goodwill to secure urgent help for our country.
Hospitals, clinics and healthcare workers are still poorly equipped. Communities are still without auxiliary support. The peril intensifies with each passing day. The fact that we do not know how and where the first corona casualty contracted the virus is dangerously troubling. We do not know how many people may have been infected by him with the multiplier effect. There could be more infections out there. We shouldn’t wait for more fatalities. With the typical nature of Gambian society, we need more measured response and utter decisiveness. This is a time for bold leadership. Act Mr. President. Declare a State of Emergency. Impose a sensible curfew that is both realistic and enforceable. This is a time when citizens must be protected against themself.”