Friday, September 25, 2020

Special Committee Recommends Extra 21 Days Extension of State of Public Emergency

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By: Kebba AF Touray, reporting from the National Assembly

Alagie Mbow, the Chairperson of the National Assembly Select Committee on the Implementation of State of Public Emergency Regulation, said his Committee has recommended the extension of the state of public emergency for 21 days subject to strict adherence and effective implementation of the regulations.

Hon. Mbow said this while laying the report of the committee’s on its just concluded assessment visit, to obtain first-hand information on the implementation of the state of public emergency.

He said the committee visited fish landing sites, fish meal, border posts, ferry terminals, Bwaim Hospital, Basse and Basang hospitals, held Consultations and meetings, to attain first- hand information from the visited areas, to enable the committee make assessment, with the objective of handling the spread of COVID-19.

He said the committee observed that social distancing was not implemented, especially on beaches and markets. He added illegal entry in to the country, lack of proper coordination and communication among the Ministries is a problem.

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The report among other things, aims to inform National Assembly Members on the state of implementation of regulations and its impacts on life and livelihoods of the people.

“During our consultation with Ministry of Finance and Health, it was observed that almost 720 million will be spent in terms of medical equipment, Personal Protective Equipment and other things related to health”, he said.

The debate is still ongoing and Foroyaa will give detailed report on the session in subsequent editions.

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