The suggestion went viral on social media, with many comments lauding the initiative and others mocking it.
Rabat – In a “gesture of generosity,” a Moroccan official, Mekki Elhannoudi, offered financial help to China in their fight against the novel coronavirus outbreak.
Elhannoudi, who is the President of the Louta commune, in the Al-Hoceima province, northern Morocco, shared his initiative in a public Facebook post.
The official said that he will try to convince the other members of the council to give their approval for the idea at their upcoming meeting, on Thursday, February 6.
The financial surplus of the commune should be donated to the Chinese people as humanitarian aid, he proposed.
To give more authority to his proposal, Elhannoudi recalled the articles 149, 150, and 151 of the law about communal councils.
The articles allow the elected councils to donate international aid.
The financial aid “will be given in coordination with an NGO in Wuhan,” the epicenter of the new coronavirus outbreak in China.
While the Louta commune’s financial surplus might not be much compared to the budget China has allocated to fight the epidemic, reactions to the offer varied.
Several people commented that it is the intention that matters, while others were not sure if the official’s suggestion was serious or not.
This is not the first time Elhannoudi has made a controversial suggestion. In 2018, the official organized an auction to sell his state-provided vehicle, a Peugeot 308, in order to acquire a school bus for students of his commune.