By C. Winnie Saywah-Jimmy
The President, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, has praised the Fula Community in Liberia for its contribution towards the national fight against Ebola in the country noting that Ebola will not dictate the country’s future.
Items donated were three Nissan double cabin pick-ups, 500 bags of 25 kg rice, 900 cartons of water (large/small), 140 pieces of mattresses, 500 cartons of bath soap, 100 cartons of Clorox, 100 cartons of lucozade, 100 pieces of garbage baskets, 250 bags of tissues and 100 sacs of powdered soap.
Receiving the huge donation from the community to the National Task Force now transformed into the National Consultative Group, President Sirleaf referred to the gesture as ‘significant contribution that passed all’ and that it showed where the hearts of the Fulas in the country’s development process are.
She said these are difficult times in the country and added that Liberia has seen more difficult times before but that the Ebola virus will not win this fight if every one puts their hands in it to fight and win.
The Liberian leader explained how the Task Force has been transformed to a consultative group with all branches of government represented but the main technicians are those in the health sector who do most of the work.
She warned against people playing with the dead apparently with the understanding that the Fulani are majority Muslims who bathe the dead as part of their tradition for fortune, therefore she emphasized, “control the body business.”
The co-chairperson of the National Consultative Group, Speaker Alex Tyler said the donation demonstrates that the Fulani Community stands by the government during these troubling times.
“Ebola knows no boundary. It is a treat that all of us must face and even though other communities have identified with this fight, we hope that other communities will join in like manner,” Speaker noted.
He said it is time that any partner should desire to stand with the nation and urged Liberians to continue to listen and follow the preventive rules adding, “By doing so Ebola will certainly be eradicated.”
The ambassador of the African Women Entrepreneur Program (AWEP), Rugie Barry urged Liberians to stop criticizing government during this fight against Ebola. She said the government did not bring Ebola on its people.
Presenting the keys of the three vehicles and the other donated items to President Sirleaf, Amb. Barry said the fight against Ebola can be won when everyone work together as a team.
She acknowledged the Fula Community’s full participation in the fight to eradicate the virus from the country and said some medical supplies worth US$9, 075 are being processed for clearing at the National Port Authority as additional donation to the fight.
Other Fula Community members present at the donation were the president of the Fula Business Association, Alhaji Bella Diallo, the Assistant Director for External Operation at the National Security Agency, Alieu Bah, Alhaji Mustapha Balde, Rouguiatu Jalloh, Asatu Bah-Kenneth and Osman Jalloh, among others.