PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) – In Haiti, the government declared a state of emergency on the southern peninsula of the country nine months after the devastating hurricane Matthew. The decree will allow the administration to $55.5 million [USD] from the Treasury for the recovery.
“The Presidency made this decision last Friday during an extraordinary Council of Ministers,” reports Le National. This state of emergency concerns the départements of the South, Nippes and Grand’Anse, completely devastated by Hurricane Matthew, for a renewable period of one month.
“Following the damage caused by Matthew, several sectors of the national life had risen to ask the then president, Jocelerme Privert, to declare a state of emergency in these three departments,” recalls Le National. But “given the misuse of the state of emergency in 2010 after the earthquake, and in 2013, after the passage of cyclone Sandy, the former president had deemed it inappropriate to take this route.”
This Friday, the Haitian government not only decreed a state of emergency in the three departments of the South of Haiti but also a state of environmental emergency across the country. This will “allow the executive to disburse funds more easily,” says Le National.
“By decreeing the state of emergency on the Greater South and the state of environmental emergency, President Jovenel Moses has provided himself with legal cover to overcome the administrative barriers to the use of the 3.5 billion gourdes ( About 49 million euros, editor’s note), “notes Le Nouvelliste. This is the amount the government is planning to build roads, clinics, schools and social housing in these three departments. Thanks to the state of emergency, “the purchase of necessary equipment and the signing of contracts with construction companies will not be subject to the tender procedure”, the daily said. “Contracts will therefore be made by mutual agreement”. And Le Nouvelliste concludes on this question: “Will the use of the three billion gourds allow the affected populations of this region to prepare better tomorrows or will it push the country further into the ranks of the most Corrupt? “