EYEAFRICA TV: Banjul, The Gambia: Former director of budget at the ministry of finance and economic affairs, Momodou Sabally believes that the president should have been the first person to address the nation bout the global health pandemic, coronavirus before his ministers.
Mr Sabally told Eye Africa’s Good Morning Africa show on Tuesday that he was also expecting the health minister to appear before law makers at the national assembly first to brief them on the country’s preparedness instead on holding press conference. ‘It appears that the government and the finance Minister are not giving the right response to Covid-19,’ he said.
President Adama Barrow is expected to address the nation today on the country’s preparedness against the virus by the former president Yahya Jammeh’s presidential affairs minister said he is not expecting anything new from the president than a ‘copy and paste’ statement.
On personal level, Mr Sabally also believes that the government should control the countries rational expenditure, saying when it comes to fiscal posterity, the country should only restrict to what it has than depending on borrowing.
‘We must first ensure that we have the basic needs at our hospitals and health facilities. I commend them for the travel ban on government officials, though I don’t know whether that is going to be sustained. But what I could not understand is why the government is still allowing flights from affected countries.’
Government announced this week that that it is suspending all overseas travels by public officials with immediate effect, including those already issued with travel clearances as part of efforts to curb risks of spreading the Coronavirus.