Nigerian Government is expected to do things differently to tackle the second wave of Coronavirus pandemic in Nigeria

By Ogiemwonyi Osazuwa

Although the Federal and State Governments of Nigeria are doing its best to contain the second wave of COVID-19 pandemic in Nigeria, however their best are not good enough.

The Federal Government and the 36 State Governments should intensify actions to contain the spread of COVID-19 pandemic in the country.

More have been said on COVID-19 preventive measures and Nigerian Government has been trying to keep Nigeria safe with theoritical approach rather than practical approach. The effect on this is that the Nigerian Government is doing the same thing but expecting different results.

In less than five months Nigeria came out from partial lockdown and Nigeria is on partial lockdown again. As of today, several states across Nigeria are on partial lockdown. And Federal Government is considering ban on some countries.

Apart from COVID-19 screening centres that were closer to the people during the first wave of COVID-19, and the setting up of isolation centres across Nigeria, the Federal and State Governments are doing little work to contain COVID-19 in the second wave of the pandemic, through theoritical approach.

It is theoritical because the Government’s approach is majorly on paper. With very little or no practical approach to make the country work amidst the pandemic.

Meanwhile, Nigerian Government should as a matter of urgency shift her attention to practical approach in fighting against the spread of Covid-19 pandemic in the country.

Evidently, behavioural change which is natural to human has proven to be one of the best ways to contain the spread of Covid-19.

Rather than lockdown the country in one way or the other either through partial or total. The Federal Government in collaboration with the 36 States of the federation can employ Coronavirus Taskforce Team to enforce Covid-19 protocols-compliance across major sectors in the country and Coronavirus Ambassadors to engage in frequent Coronavirus sensitization campaign across the country.

No doubt, the money spent on billboard, radio, television etc on Covid-19 advisory can be channel to this

With this practical approach, Nigeria economy will not be grounded with partial or total lockdown. And there will be no room for total lockdown.

Again, where necessary the Police force etc can work in synergy with the Covid-19 Taskforce team to achieve the set goals and objectives.

Moreover, Mobile court can be provided in strategic locations across the nation to handle Covid-19 violation to serve as a deterrent to others.

No doubt, this practical approach can contain the spread of Covid-19 without partial or total lockdown. It will create jobs amidst the pandemic and recession, and it will enable Nigeria economy to grow.

It will also bring Coronavirus sensitization campaign closer to the people and help in winning the war against the virus.

Together, we can set Nigeria free of Coronavirus. It begins with the leaders…

Ogiemwonyi Osazuwa writes in from Urhonigbe, Ward 7 Orhionmwon, Edo State. WhatsApp:08070505890

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