EOC is a mess – Civil Rights Coalition Boss Blasts
The Executive Director for the Civil Rights Coalition Sierra Leone, Mr. Alphonso Manley has described the Emergency Operation Centre (EOC) as not effective, efficient and lack the ability to control the fight against the Corona Virus Disease (COVID-19).
Responding to an interview, Director Manley called for His Excellency Rtd. Brigadier Julius Maada Bio to overhaul the EOC, noting that there should be a strategic team to oversee activities of the EOC.
He maintained that Julius Spencer should not be a staff at the EOC for the fact that he is a Presidential appointee and cautioned HE Bio to have a strategic team to advise him.
According to the Civil Rights activist, most of the staff from EOC were brought from the Ministries of Health and Sanitation (MOHS), Social Welfare and other Government departments.
In a surprised mood, Mr. Manley said are complaining of lack of basic facilities. He cited the Fourah Bay College (FBC) isolation home or treatment centre is operating with lack of water and poor toilet or sanitary system and described the intervention of the Sierra Leone Association of Journalists (SLAJ) as not dynamic or important because they still depend on hand washing sensitization instead of moving to communities to teach them on the essence of wearing face masks and the need to observe social distancing.
He called on President Bio and his Government to ease the Inter-District Lockdown being that drivers are in the habit of conniving with security personel manning various checkpoints to allow any traveler to Makeni to pay the sum of one hundred and Fifty Thousand Leones (Le 150, 000), as well as other district headquarter towns.
He further appealed the President Bio to move the Curfew Order from 9:00pm-12:00am because he said; the Curfew Order is very chaotic.
Mr. Manley blamed the EOC for the too many grievous mistakes which had led the people to lack confidence to go for test and the country’s appalling health system. He lauded President Bio to put in place all what he supposed to do.
“The management and efficiency of the EOC is n ot in place,” Mr. Manley stresses and frowned at the new law that the Attorney General and Minister of Justice is about to institute because it will not be in line with the quick eradication of COVID-19.
He frankly stated that there is so many duplication in the EOC as he put it, official are busy searching for projects and continue wasting Government resources with impunity, especially in the area of fueling vehicles.
He disclosed that the similar appointment given to Julius Spencer has also specified to Kalilu Totange and accused the current EOC team as not having the ability to deliver the required deliverables to kick out the menace.
However, Mr. Manley commended the Official Spokesman for the EOC, Mr. Solomon Jamiru for a job well done because he continued; he is just a communicator who says what he was told to tell the public.
He concluded that Sierra Leone as a nation, we are not winning but losing the fight to the killer COVID-19.
By Abdulai Mento Kamara
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