Technology lacking as Nigeria battles COVID-19


The dramatic unfold of COVID-19 has disrupted lives, livelihoods, communities and companies worldwide.

And whereas governments and organizations world wide are coming collectively and discovering revolutionary methods to reduce the impression on public well being and to restrict disruptions to economies and provide chains, Nigeria has opted for sore-footed and refractory method.

At current, one of the best effort is usually uncoordinated and at instances competing approaches to the Covid-19 outbreak.

So far, Nigeria has not been profitable in managing the COVID-19 disaster by emphasizing transparency, open communication, public-private partnerships, evidence-based deployment of public well being measures, and revolutionary use of expertise and knowledge.

Transparency and communication will assist allay concern and forestall panic.

Luckily, some expertise corporations are usually not ready for government- they on their very own are discovering new methods to sort out the pandemic.

For occasion, Konga, the composite e-commerce big was arguably one of many first Nigerian corporates to anticipate the coronavirus problem.

It has already declared its readiness to deploy its large nationwide supply and warehousing infrastructure to help the federal government in reaching the citizenry with important wants.

This is along with its N10m #SoloSafe fund to cushion the consequences of the dreaded coronavirus.

Elsewhere, Gbenga Adebayo, chairman, Association of Licensed Telecoms Operators of Nigeria (ALTON), mentioned that telcos should additionally assist authorities via their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives, to supply security supplies that can shield the general public in opposition to Coronavirus impact.

And due to the important nature of telecommunications infrastructures in managing the COVID-19 disaster, Association of Telecommunications Companies of Nigeria (ATCON) has requested that the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) initiates the method of National Right-of-Passage (nRoP) for all technical employees of telecommunications firms within the lockdown.

Mr. Ajibola Olude, govt secretary, ATCON, mentioned “We count on NCC to expedite action in this regard while we appreciate the Commission for being proactive and attentive. We also urge all our teeming members and their staff to comply with all the guidelines stipulated by the Federal Ministry of Health and all relevant authorities at State levels”’

Prince Kalu Uche, a public relations guide sees clear, constructive outcomes for Nigeria and Nigerians if expertise corporations selected to work with native authorities.

“If we are to succeed in the battle against COVID-19, government must look up to tech firms for solutions for communicating with the public and monitoring their health. Technology solutions must be embedded” he mentioned.

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