Even though Nigeria has been declared Ebola free we are still feeling the ramifications over Liberian Patrick Sawyer bringing the disease into the country.
Singer Flavour was scheduled to perform at the World Creole Music Festival (WCMF) between October 24-26 in the Commonwealth of Dominica, unfortunately for the highlife artiste and his fans he has now been dropped from the lineup due to Ebola fears.
The country’s Prime Minister, Roosevelt Skerrit made the announcement on Friday, Oct 9 citing the reason, “abundance of caution.”
According to Dominica News Online, Skerrit said:
“Until a firm grip is secured on this Ebola virus, the world has to pay special attention to region of its predominance.”
“West Africa, as I said previously, is once such region. I have reviewed the file with respect to the contractual arrangements entered into with the Flavour band out of Nigeria. To date a total of EC$147,000 has been expended on professional fees and international travel by this group.”
“I would like to think that reason and common sense can and will prevail,” he noted. “But I readily acknowledge that the law is law and contracts negotiated can at best be re-negotiated.”
“Accordingly, purely out of an abundance of caution, I have today instructed the organizers of the 18 annual WCMF to meet with officials of the relevant legal departments of government to determine among themselves how a matter of renegotiation of a Flavour contract can be.”
“The reversal and unlocking of the same is normally the matter for legal operatives.”
“However, the prime minister, as chief lawmaker, is charged with the wider responsibility of acting first and always in the nation’s interest.”
“Indeed, I would love if, by this time next year, the Ebola virus could have been brought under control, if not eradicated; regions around the world cleared of the threat of the virus, and entertainers, such as Flavour, could visit and perform in Dominica.”
“But, for the time being, I have advised the organizers of the World Creole Music Festival that the Government of Dominica would not be prepared at this time to sponsor or embrace the visit of persons from a universally recognized Zone One area of the dreaded Ebola virus.”
“Fellow Dominicans and friends, this is the decision of the Government! It is final!”
#GBAM…The president has spoken!
I know one important thing for Flavour in all this would be does he still get paid his $54, 444 or at least part of it?!