By Mohamed Lamin Banya
Citizens in Freetown and environs have expressed satisfaction over the 12 months State of Emergency pronounced by President Bio. Their reactions came shortly after President Bio pronounced that he is instituting a 12-months State of Emergency in order to curtail the spread of COVID 19, despite the country is yet to record a single case.
Since the spread of the virus, other countries around the globe have been instituting different measures to curtail it. However, President Bio’s pronouncement has not only gained international attention of a country that is yet to record any case, but has raised a lot of conceding eyebrows and complimentary comments from residents.
The State of Emergency which started on March 24th to end on 24th March 2021, even though no case of the virus has yet been confirmed in the country, is according to President Bio, a major step to ensure that the pandemic is kept at bay and that in the event it does creep into the country, the authorities and citizens would have been properly prepared to contain it within the shortest possible time, unlike what is taking place in some of the countries affected by the virus.
Majority of citizens that are happy for the State of Emergency told AYV that they support the president’s decision if it is the only this country will be able to stop the deadly virus from entering into the country as neighboring Guinea and Liberia have already recorded cases.
In as much they are commending the president for his stance; they further called on Parliament for a thorough deliberation to adjust the time.
According to them, the pronouncement of the president will be of immense benefit to every citizen in the country to prevent themselves from the virus.
“We are so happy for the president to make this pronouncement. If we had used this method during the Ebola epidemic, we should not have lost so many souls,” they added.
However, some citizens said they were dissatisfied and do not feel reassured about the president’s pronouncement because according to them, it will result to more hardship in the country, noting that, things are not currently going smoothly, let alone a twelve month long State of Emergency.
“The duration of the State of Emergency is too long for us, while traders are busy hoarding basic commodities and hiking prices of essential goods. This is one of the bad things this State of Emergency will encourage,” they lamented.