Government would be effective without citizens

What a scourge to our government, this Tunisian citizen! He will find fuel, sugar, flour, butter and all that at the same time! What an oddity! If we allowed him, he would begin to desire rights and freedoms.

Until this morning, the queues in front of the gas stations are endless. Since Sunday, the fuel supply in Greater Tunis and in the northern part of the country has been disrupted, with all that entails as consequences. But on the other hand, the government appointed by President Kaïs Saïed is in total denial and prefers to throw stones at the Tunisian citizen. For the government’s spokesman, Nasreddine Nsibi, it is the madness of consumers that has led to the lack of fuel. He said that the state does not deny the supply difficulties, but that it also counts on the conscience of the citizen. Her colleague from Industry and Mines, Neila Gonji, also spoke about consumer responsibility for depleting fuel stocks and she ventures this advice: “ No need to refuel if you only need twenty liters. I say it nicely, we have to show solidarity “.

The last stages of incompetence and inconsistency is to blame a situation on the citizens and the population. It is an unequivocal admission by a minister or government that it is not up to the responsibility that rests on it. This government, which has been in place for more than a year, has been responsible for all the shortcomings that the country has experienced. Its leader, Najla Bouden, has yet to deign to address the country’s public opinion, surely too busy making up for the incompetence of her peers. This fallacious pretext of “consumer frenzy” was used when it came to sugar, butter, flour, mineral water, etc. The advice the Industry Minister has so “kindly” given us alone shows how far off the mark she is. The twenty liters she recommends means standing in line again two or three days later, not to mention the needs of professionals in this field. For messengers, drivers or taxis, the twenty liters is close to a daily consumption. Furthermore, according to the minister, we must first accept that we will stand in line for hours to refuel. Our responsibility, as citizens, is engaged right in front of the pump: twenty liters or a full one?

Three days after the start of this fuel crisis, the head of state, Kaïs Saïed, received his favorite chair, Najla Bouden. He reminded him that the administration must provide for the needs of citizens away from provoked crises and at the same time be ready at the right time for any possible crisis, whether real or provoked. We are there before a model of mindless busyness and lack of responsibility and courage. For the government, it is the consumer who is responsible for the shortage because they, as ministers, have done their job perfectly. For the president, these are provoked or real crises, and he gave his instructions to be careful next time. Meanwhile, the Tunisian citizen has to go around Tunis to find a gas station that sells fuel and he has to stand in line for hours. He is also advised to close it because it is all his fault, he is irresponsible.

However, it is clear that we are faced with an incompetent government that has absolutely nothing to envy those who went before. The garbage crisis in Sfax, the disastrous handling of everything related to illegal migration – think of our fellow citizens in Zarzis – shortages of any kind, price increases, supply problems, etc., this government will have left its mark in the history of Tunisia as certainly one of the most incompetent. The head of government, Najla Bouden, more than a year after taking office, still does not deserve to speak to Tunisians. During her laconic speech when she took office, the head of government said she would work to restore trust between the citizen and the state. Suffice it to say, it’s very far off the mark.

The Tunisian government should stop hiding its profound inability to solve problems and pre-empt by making citizens feel guilty. It’s stupid and ineffective talk. Tunisians do not enjoy standing in line for hours. The vast majority have no choice but to use their individual vehicles because public transport is certainly one of the most degrading experiences for human dignity. We would all like to have respectable trains, metros or buses, but neither this government nor those that preceded it have worked on this issue. Yet the current composition has this incredible nerve to blame others and has this facility to invent false excuses. On Carthage’s side, all attention is focused on the president’s concerns: electoral decree, community associations, sponsorships for the election. In the end, the Tunisian is alone, he must face crises and be responsible.

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