“As has been done in the past, the government can use the emergency procurement powers to fast-track funding to the councils to help in slowing the spread of Covid-19 virus as the current arrangement is not conducive to the emergency facing the country.”
"Many communities in the constituency of Manchester North West and the parish of Manchester are facing drought conditions, but a release of funds to the councils can mitigate the situation and bring relief to the people, he said.
Phillips said, it is most important to heed the advice of the Ministry of Health that hand washing and the drinking of liquids are integral in slowing the spread of the virus. He said without an adequate and reliable supply of water, the people will be unable to comply with the advice from health officials. He said that in previous situations of brought, the NWC’s Rapid Response Unit would have provided such relief to communities.
In light of the uncertainty and continuation of the drought, the government should consider re-instating a Rapid Response Unit to supply water to communities affected by drought and/or other adverse conditions.
Mr. Phillips reaffirmed that all Members of Parliament and caretakers have expressed a willingness to lend their specific areas of expertise to the national effort.
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