Nigeria’s population challenge in fight against Covid-19- Osinbajo

By Oluwaseun Sonde

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The Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo has said that Nigeria’s massive population constitute a challenge in the fight against the Coronavirus pandemic, to manage the issues in smaller measure through the states and to develop best practices have enabled authorities to reassess responses across sub-nationals.

These views were expressed by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, on Wednesday at a virtual teleconference entitled “How Africa’s Informal Sector Reacts to COVID-19”, organized by Speaking specifically about some of the measures that are currently being implemented to mitigate the impact of the pandemic on the economy.

According to Prof. Osinbajo “perhaps we have the advantage of being able to manage our problems in smaller measure, or by dividing them, of course we run a federation, which means that Gov. Nasir could do some very excellent work there in Kaduna, Lagos could do some excellent work, Ogun state and others could also do some excellent work.

“But of course, by the very nature of this pandemic, it also means that you run the risk of everything going south if some state isn’t doing as well as it ought to and adjust where necessary. Equally, providing support to small businesses in the informal sector should be a priority for all economies aiming at lessening any adverse effect of the pandemic on the economy”, he said. He added that Government have done a lot on conditional transfers especially within the context of the social investment policies, but we are now looking at how to possibly enlarge the scope of that and do more.

“I think, in the end, we have that advantage that we are able to almost isolate responses, and even look at best practices across the various states and try and ramp up wherever we find that there are deficiencies.” “We are looking beyond using cash transfers as if it were some incentive for staying at home. We are trying to see whether this can address some of the increasing problems of poverty that we are likely to find now given the disruptions in the economy.

Aside from the lockdown, just the disruption in the economy have meant that the daily paid worker simply has no means of working and many laid off”, he said.

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