Parliament is pressing for a change of governors due to the rain crisis

Parliament is pressing for a change of governors due to the rain crisis
Parliament is pressing for a change of governors due to the rain crisis

Egyptian parliamentary sources said that the head of the Local Administration Committee in the House of Representatives, Ahmed al-Sijini, and a number of committee members, contacted Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly and Minister of Local Development Mahmoud Shaarawy, to demand that some changes be made to the governors, against the background of the deterioration of infrastructure in many governorates. Due to the heavy rains experienced over the past few days.

The sources added to “Al-Araby Al-Jadeed” that the committee demanded the government to move wide changes among the governors, led by Alexandria, Beheira, Kafr El-Sheikh, Dakahlia, and Sharqia, because of their failure to manage many crises that directly affect citizens, which was clearly evident in the crisis of the tunnels sinking. Streets and main squares, cars and citizens piled up for long hours due to the accumulation of water, and the lack of a rainwater drainage system, especially in Alexandria.

A parliamentary committee decided to summon the governor of Alexandria to discuss the cause of the rains causing the collapse of some buildings

The Alexandria rain wave caused the fall of parts of old real estate in the central and eastern districts of the governorate, the fall of the endowment building wall in the Shatby area, as well as a fire in one of the electricity booths in the Al-Bitash area to the west, and the flooding of the streets of the “Bashaer Al-Khair 3” area inaugurated by President Abdel Fattah Sisi in May 2020, and the Engineering Authority of the Armed Forces (the army) assumed responsibility for its implementation.
The Parliament’s Local Administration Committee decided to summon the Governor of Alexandria, Major General Mohamed al-Sharif, the head of the Drinking Water and Sanitation Company, the head of the Executive Authority for Sanitation, and the Deputy Minister of Housing for the utilities sector, to discuss a crisis that caused the rainfall in the coastal city, to the collapse of some buildings and the suspension of traffic. The main and side streets in the province were flooded. For his part, Member of Parliament Ahmed Muhanna submitted a request for a briefing to the Minister of Local Development, regarding the flooding of Alexandria’s streets as a result of heavy rains, and the governorate’s inability to spend it, and the latter’s claim that one billion and 300 million pounds (a dollar equals about 15.7 pounds) during the last period to improve networks sewage in the province.

In his request, Muhanna asked: “Where did this money go? What about cleaning sewers (drainage), as the governorate claims? Or the huge fleet that collects garbage and waste and sucks water?” He added, “Alexandria streets have been covered in mud for days as a result of the accumulation of water. The rains, and the lives of citizens there are completely disrupted, and there are pictures and live footage that confirm this.” He added, “This huge amount is allocated from the state’s public treasury funds, and if it was spent correctly, the sewage network in Alexandria would have been one of the strongest in Egypt.” He considered that the statements of the current governor of Alexandria irritate citizens, because they claim that there has been no disruption to their daily interests, in contrast to the pictures and videos circulating on social media, which show severe traffic jams, and turn the streets into pools of water.

The phenomenon of the flooding of tunnels and streets in Egypt, and the collapse of parts of some bridges and main roads, with rainfall at the beginning of the winter season every year, raise legitimate questions about the deterioration of the country’s infrastructure, and its inability to withstand rainwater, despite government officials’ statements regarding the allocation of billions Pounds from the state budget to rehabilitate. At a time when the infrastructure in the main Egyptian cities has been neglected for many years, especially Cairo, Giza and Alexandria, the Egyptian regime is pumping huge funds to complete the stages of the New Administrative Capital project, which is located in the heart of the desert, 45 kilometers east of Cairo. The first phase of it is estimated at 800 billion pounds (about 51 billion dollars).

Ahmed Muhanna wondered where the money to improve the sewage networks went?

A state of confusion prevails in the offices of the Egyptian ministries, following Sisi’s decision to move the ministries to work from the administrative capital starting next December, without fulfilling the logistical and technical preparations for this transition, or identifying the actual and human needs to work during that stage, especially for the ministries that Its ministers’ offices and its various central departments have large numbers of employees. Al-Sisi and some government officials say that the financing of the new administrative capital is from outside the state’s general budget, and is done by selling the lands built on it to investors, knowing that all of its projects are mainly financed by external loans, and their annual installments and interests are paid from budget funds with a guarantee from the Ministry of Finance Egyptian.

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