Posted by News Express | 30 May 2020 | 1,798 times
Just like in most other issues, domestic or internationally, the Nigerian Government has always reacted very late. And sometimes whenever the response came, it’s almost like we are on a different planet from the rest of the world; thus, leaving those on the frontline at the mercy of hope.
Saving the lamentations for another day. Once the dust of COVID-19 finally settles, Nigerians will be dumbfounded by the extent of financial damage that has been done through this process of actively doing nothing. That is what happens when you are doing the wrong thing. Otherwise, for a government that rode to power on the back of majority of the population living below poverty, since 2015, how long does it take to ask everyone that is 18 years and above to open a single bank account and obtain a BVN? This is instead of using the National ID Card and voter’s card, which everyone is expected to have.
It’s such a shame to see the disorganised, disrespectful distribution of palliatives when government is supposed to reach every eligible individual with a single button command. Given the political exigencies in the country, analog data collection and implementation has discredited and undermined past government policies. Except there is immediate reorganisation, this will not be an exception.
Leaving behind certain matter for another day. Government needs to immediately take the right decisions and make the right pronouncements, some of which include the following:
Given all that we know about the virus, all this should have been implemented within the first two weeks. You don’t go to war without thinking of a possible way out. Continued lockdown will not solve the problem. It’s better late than never. Perhaps when my book “POLITICS OF DEVELOPMENT IN NIGERIA” (Post-COVID 19 Nigeria) is published, we should have answers to the development question in Nigeria. Hope someone is listening!
•Tsado Mohammed can be reached via Tsadodream4real@gmail.com
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