A GOVERNMENT SEDUCED BY THE MAXIMIZATION OF PER DIEM IS ALWAYS AT A RISK OF GETTING IMPREGNATED BY CRISIS

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A GOVERNMENT SEDUCED BY THE MAXIMIZATION OF PER DIEM IS ALWAYS AT A RISK OF GETTING IMPREGNATED BY CRISIS.

By Lamin ML Sawo
Part One(1)

Gambia today is blessed by a government constituted by men and women as a collective who are trapped in a classic kleptocratic competition in order to maximize profit in the name of per diem at the expense of poor dejected masses of our society. As the world is currently at thug of war with the outbreak of COVID-19, this will give a rare opportunity to the country’s fragile economy to at least observe some moment of solace from the impromptu and regular tapping of per Diem for the almost daily travelling of government officials. The Gambia continues to back paddle and wallow in a dystopia as we continue to reluctantly contend in maintaining the administrative architecture of Jammeh’s economic hit men in various hierarchies of state institutions at the behest of an individual called President who by all indication, lacks the intellectual gravitas and pedigree to mobilize sober thinking administrators of men and women to run the country to a desired destination. Anybody who has been making an instantaneous measure of the political temperature of the country will definitely understand and agree with what am submitting.

What is more capricious and so whimsical today is, In the face of a global pandemic, Gambians are increasingly in a state of melancholy, hopelessness, dejection and above all, ambivalent. This is backed by the evidence that even a Chinese man in Wuhan city is much safer than a man in the Gambia. Because, the central government of the Gambia is virtually giving not much relevance to the seriousness of this crisis that has even rendered the global economy into recession. After recording the first case of COVID-19 from a woman who flew in from the United Kingdom, you will all bear me witness that the government of the Gambia does not even put in place proper and sufficient quarantine facilities in all the porous entry points. The Director of Health Promotion and Education is on record at a press briefing to have said that a certain number of people had escaped quarantine, and they are still at large. This is absolutely worrisome! The citizenry deserves to be on the loop on a daily basis about the impact of the virus in the country as we move on, the possibilities of peoples’ susceptibility or propensity to attracting the virus, at what stage the government is in apprehending those who flew in the country from a Corona infected country and escaped quarantine, whether the infected person currently admitted at the Medical Research Council (MRC) has transferred the virus to any of her family members and so forth. In the absence of the government failing to furnish people regular and timely information, then one should not blame the people from utilizing an alternative source(s) of information, which is in rumor mongering and buying into any news that may come to their way in relation to COVID-19.

From the look of things, Barrow and his bandwagons have woefully betrayed the liberation objective of our people during this pandemonium, most especially the underprivileged ones. The very reason I keep insisting that the Local Government Act ought to be revisited and necessary amendments effected in order to devolve or give more powers to the subordinate governments’ is the timely response and responsible roles our various local governments and some political parties are playing in fighting against this lethal COVID-19 pandemic. The roles played by the above named stakeholders have by far outweighs that of the central government’s. Understandably, in such a crisis, the central government cannot do everything alone, but essentially, this should not in any way invalidate or negate the visibility of the role that is supposed to be executed by the central government as a primary stakeholder in running the affairs of the country. Seemingly, one would be very precise and correct to say that, we have a government that does not even have a clear policy as of now to fighting against this pandemic. If it has, then it must have presumably digressed by not focusing on the implementation of the policy but only relying on public opinion. For heaven sake, we need people in our state institutions whose IQ are smarter than a ballistic missile not the reverse……………………. To Be Continued

 

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From: Lamin ML Sawo<[email protected]>
Date: Mon, Mar 23, 2020, 11:47
Subject: Kindly publish this
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A GOVERNMENT SEDUCED BY THE MAXIMIZATION OF PER DIEM IS ALWAYS AT A RISK OF GETTING IMPREGNATED BY CRISIS.

By Lamin ML Sawo
Part One(1)

Gambia today is blessed by a government constituted by men and women as a collective who are trapped in a classic kleptocratic competition in order to maximize profit in the name of per diem at the expense of poor dejected masses of our society. As the world is currently at thug of war with the outbreak of COVID-19, this will give a rare opportunity to the country’s fragile economy to at least observe some moment of solace from the impromptu and regular tapping of per Diem for the almost daily travelling of government officials. The Gambia continues to back paddle and wallow in a dystopia as we continue to reluctantly contend in maintaining the administrative architecture of Jammeh’s economic hit men in various hierarchies of state institutions at the behest of an individual called President who by all indication, lacks the intellectual gravitas and pedigree to mobilize sober thinking administrators of men and women to run the country to a desired destination. Anybody who has been making an instantaneous measure of the political temperature of the country will definitely understand and agree with what am submitting.

What is more capricious and so whimsical today is, In the face of a global pandemic, Gambians are increasingly in a state of melancholy, hopelessness, dejection and above all, ambivalent. This is backed by the evidence that even a Chinese man in Wuhan city is much safer than a man in the Gambia. Because, the central government of the Gambia is virtually giving not much relevance to the seriousness of this crisis that has even rendered the global economy into recession. After recording the first case of COVID-19 from a woman who flew in from the United Kingdom, you will all bear me witness that the government of the Gambia does not even put in place proper and sufficient quarantine facilities in all the porous entry points. The Director of Health Promotion and Education is on record at a press briefing to have said that a certain number of people had escaped quarantine, and they are still at large. This is absolutely worrisome! The citizenry deserves to be on the loop on a daily basis about the impact of the virus in the country as we move on, the possibilities of peoples’ susceptibility or propensity to attracting the virus, at what stage the government is in apprehending those who flew in the country from a Corona infected country and escaped quarantine, whether the infected person currently admitted at the Medical Research Council (MRC) has transferred the virus to any of her family members and so forth. In the absence of the government failing to furnish people regular and timely information, then one should not blame the people from utilizing an alternative source(s) of information, which is in rumor mongering and buying into any news that may come to their way in relation to COVID-19.

From the look of things, Barrow and his bandwagons have woefully betrayed the liberation objective of our people during this pandemonium, most especially the underprivileged ones. The very reason I keep insisting that the Local Government Act ought to be revisited and necessary amendments effected in order to devolve or give more powers to the subordinate governments’ is the timely response and responsible roles our various local governments and some political parties are playing in fighting against this lethal COVID-19 pandemic. The roles played by the above named stakeholders have by far outweighs that of the central government’s. Understandably, in such a crisis, the central government cannot do everything alone, but essentially, this should not in any way invalidate or negate the visibility of the role that is supposed to be executed by the central government as a primary stakeholder in running the affairs of the country. Seemingly, one would be very precise and correct to say that, we have a government that does not even have a clear policy as of now to fighting against this pandemic. If it has, then it must have presumably digressed by not focusing on the implementation of the policy but only relying on public opinion. For heaven sake, we need people in our state institutions whose IQ are smarter than a ballistic missile not the reverse……………………. To Be Continued

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