By: Kebba AF Touray
Ms Fatoumata Jawara, the National Assembly Member for Tallinding Constituency has called on Government to graduate from commitment to action. She added that since they have come up with regulations which she defined as ‘confinement’ of the people, they should also provide relief packages especially the most vulnerable, to enable them comply with the regulations and stay at home with ease.
“I think Government should move from their commitments and act. If there is no relief package for the people especially the most vulnerable their stay at home will be difficult,” she said.
Ms. Jawara called for collaborative effort between the Ministry of Information and Works, together with the Gambia Press Union, to guarantee an effective sensitization in all the native languages of the country, on the dangers of COVID-19.
“This will help the general public to have a clear picture on the reason why Government is applying for this State of Public Emergency throughout the Gambia. The ultimate goal is to safeguard the health status of the nation and this can be achieved with ease, if the people are adequately and effectively sensitized and informed of the global deadly pandemic,” she said.
She challenged her fellow parliamentarians to sensitize their people and make them understand and respect the State of Public Emergency period; that if Gambians in the diaspora could adhere to the lockdown measures in their respective destinations in Europe, Gambians at home should accord the same to the country’s restriction rules and regulations.
Ms. Jawara tasked her colleague lawmakers to teach their electorate about their health and wellbeing; that this should take precedence over their earnings and benefits in this era of the COVID-19pandemic.
“We all need to sacrifice and make concerted efforts to contain and eliminate COVID-19 by recognizing the fact that it is a global pandemic that can have adverse negative effects on the lives and livelihoods of the people,” she said. She urged Gambians at home and abroad to support their families and relatives during this restriction period and ensure that the food shortage fear of the people is averted and the welfare of the citizenry enhanced.