The political leader of the Alternative National Congress (ANC), Mr. Alexander Cummings has sharply reacted to the diagnosis of the first confirmed case of the deadly Coronavirus, saying that Liberians can overcome any disease or adversity if the act in unity.
ANC’s Alexander Cummings urged all of Liberians to remain calm and remember their resilience and tenacity as a people as the country prepares to face the deadly Coronavirus, which he noted, renews memories of the national drive against Ebola.
“We are strong, we are brave, we are courageous, and together, we can overcome any disease or adversity. We defeated Ebola in 2014 and we will defeat Coronavirus this year,” he said.
Cummings said the Alternative National Congress began its COVID-19 awareness last week, with the distribution of flyers on social media and will begin to do so in the communities as well calling on residents to continue to observe all safety measures as we pray and trust God to see us through.
Commencing his statement, the ANC leader recalled that a short while ago, “we listened to President George Weah’s Address to the nation on the first case of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Liberia. The President confirmed that the Executive Director of the Environmental Protection Agency, Mr. Nathaniel Blama who was tested and confirmed positive, arrived in the country on Friday March 13 and “chose not to follow the airport health protocols” instituted in the midst of this pandemic.
But Mr. Cummings indicated that the failure by Mr. Blamah to follow the airport health protocols” instituted in the midst of this pandemic was “reckless endangerment on the part of Mr. Blama as the issue of strict adherence to our safeguarding protocols is NOT an issue of choice.”
He noted that it is apparent that Mr. Blamah used his position as Head of the EPA to evade and refuse to follow these protocols thus risking the lives of all Liberians and people within our borders.
“We can no longer afford to continue the “Big Man Syndrome” in our country, especially during these critical times. As such, it is imperative that the President immediately relieves Mr. Blama of his position to demonstrate his lack of tolerance for these kinds of behaviors,” Cummings exclaimed.
The ANC leader, in the meantime thanked the President for instituting several measures intended to contain the Coronavirus as our health authorities intensify their work “In line with the President’s ban on huge gatherings and crowd and the postponement of his nationwide tour, I hereby announce the postponement of my Lofa County tour which was scheduled for March 18-22, Mr. Cummings declared.
He extended regrets to the people of Lofa who, he said, have done a lot of work in preparing for his visit. The ANC leader also assure them of the visit when all is well.
Mr. Cummings then called on the Ministry of Education to immediately close all schools in the best interest of our children as schools also constitute large gatherings.