I wish to humbly advance my arguments with the time honoured adage which says, "You do not catch a snake by the tail". Our mother and grandma, who doubles as Minister and MP, Hon. Hajia Alima Mahama decision to fumigate the markets in Nalerigu and it's subsidiary towns amounts to catching a snake by the tail. And this, to me, can be equated to a total waste of the tax payers money and ought to be disbanded in good faith. The fact remains that you can't catch a snake by the tail and escape the bite and accompanying venom of the viper. It is important for the respected "Biasi Puriba"( children Aunti), who doubles as the MP and Local Government Minister, to be told that if indeed she thinks the markets are infected we need to identify the causative elements of those infections first before we zoom into fumigation. What caused the infection needs to be dealt with first before wasting our limited resources to fumigate. Fumigating the markets without disinfecting what infected the markets actually amounts to nothing more than public deception, to say the least. The markets would actually be reinfected by the very things which made them so if you do not disinfect the causative factors. What ought to have been done honourably by the Hon. Minister was to first of all follow the footsteps of Hon. Alhaji Baba Seidu Issifu, the NDC PC for the area, by providing Sanitisers, Veronica buckets and Soap to help the people who operates in the said markets to remain safe so that the markets are not infected to be fumigated. A lot of people trooped to Alhaji Baba residence after they heard the philanthropist had brought the above mentioned items even though he does not expend on the public purse nor control the District Common Fund like Hon. Hajia Alima does. The euphoria with which the public troop to the residence was quite refreshing and mind boggling to note.
In any case, has the Hon Minister who doubles as the MP been told of any case scenario or confirmed case of the pandemic corona virus in the Northeast region at all? Then if no, why this futile exercise? I ask harmlessly! What is the basis for the assumption to fumigate the markets? Why the rush?
Again, I find it so absurd that the Hon. Minister has failed to ensure that all "kayaye" women who, as a result of the lockdown of the capital cities, have decided to troop back to the north and the minister who is full aware of the fact that these women are potential suspects of the pandemic virus has failed abysmally to provide facilities to help quarantine them as done in other jurisdictions in order identify those who might have been infected by the virus disease and rather concentrate her efforts on fumigation. I am tempted to believe that the fumigation is not an exercise in good faith! It appears there is something fishy about that! This is my worry! I think that politicians should be sincere when it comes to issues of life and death, such as that of the Corona virus case.
I wish to call on the Hon. Hajia Alima Mahama, the Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, who is equally the MP for Nalerigu Gambaga Constituency, to as matter of urgency, reprioritise the needs and concerns of the constituency on the occasion of the pandemic Corona Virus, and do the needful thing, otherwise the people shall vent their anger on her in such a magnitude that she cannot contain.
I am just a citizen, and not a spectator.
And God bless Nalerigu Gambaga Constituency!
God bless Ghana!