Majority Leader in Parliament, Hon. Ibrahim Bundu has expressed concern on the devastating dimension to which the Ebola epidemic has devastated the nation and its people for the past three months.
In a statement delivered in Parliament on 19th August this year, the Majority Leader told the House, that gratitude should be shown to development partners for all their contributions in the fight against what he called “sinister outbreak of the deadly disease”.
He said that every gift, big or small is important in the Ebola fight, and that every assistance is important, especially taking into effect the socio-economic effects of this deadly plague that has created setbacks, which is likely to reverse the hard-won gains of the Agenda for Prosperity.
He however expressed dismay over the slow pace of response by some development partners, and the abandonment and isolation from those they viewed and believed to be the country’s biggest friends at sub-regional, regional and global levels.
He said that the “ugly developments are evidenced in cancellation of flights, closing of borders, reduction of operational hours in banks, and further isolation by shutting down of businesses at the time of greatest need”.
The Majority Leader said that despite the seeming abandonment and negative developments that follow, the country and its people are determined in unison and that collectively, and through the intervention of God Almighty, they will put the outrage under control.
He says, “When life returns to normal, it behoves us to review our partnerships, considering that good relationships are anchored on principles of mutuality and trust”.
While going through his speech, he announced that Parliament at its next sittings will invite the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Ambassadors to apprise them (MPs) of all the assistance rendered by friends and development partners, so as to form a permanent record of who the country’s true friends are as it strives to put this ugly situation to normalcy.
By Poindexter Sama
Thursday August 21, 2014