Covid 19- The Imperative for Synergy and Sacrifice by all Nigerians- DG, NILDS

  • Wednesday April 1, 2020 12:59 PM
  • NILS Press Corps
These are unprecedented and challenging times. I can honestly say that we have never experienced an event which has drastically impacted on how we live and work. This is as true for Nigeria as it is for all other countries. The impact of COVID-19 has been hard for all.
Cities, towns and whole countries are in lockdown. Schools, sports, worship and social activities have all ceased. Now more than ever, we must do the right things and be prepared to take steps beyond what we are comfortable with as required by the government and relevant public health authorities.

I wish to commend President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR for aggressively tackling the crisis through measures that include quarantine and provision of funding to Lagos, the worst affected state as well as the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC). The efforts of all agencies of government, especially the NCDC, as well as the Presidential Taskforce on
COVID-19 are highly commendable. All frontline government agencies and indeed the private sector must continue to work in synergy to mitigate the spread of the virus and ensure coordinated response through sharing of resources, data, information and personnel.
The National Assembly has also been at the forefront in the war against COVID-19. NASS passed the Emergency Economic Stimulus Bill 2020 to protect livelihoods and the employment status of Nigerians and only a few days ago, legislators also sacrificed their March and April salaries to support federal government’s efforts in tackling the spread of the corona virus.
The commitment of the leadership of the National Assembly as demonstrated by His Excellency
Sen (Dr.) Ahmad Lawan, Ph.D, CON and Rt. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, makes me believe that we will overcome this crisis together as a people.

At this time of great uncertainty, I am equally filled with admiration for the resilience people are showing: the doctors, the nurses and other people rendering essential services who keep working despite the threats and risks.

We on our part must take all the necessary precautions to protect ourselves, our families and others. It is imperative that we adhere strictly to advice from both the Federal Government,the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and the World Health Organization to practice “social distancing”, observe strict travel restrictions and practice personal hygiene
such as regular washing of hands and use of hand sanitizers and disinfectants.

At NILDS, we have since implemented these measures as our staff are now required to work from home. In fulfillment of our mandate, the Institute will continue to play a key role supporting the Legislature and other relevant stakeholders through our policy and analytical
work such as research, information and policy briefs. Already, we have submitted a brief to the National Assembly on how the Covid-19 crisis will impact on the Nigerian economy and possible areas for legislative intervention.
You will continue to receive updates through all
our communications channels.
May I, once again, encourage us to use this period as one of sober reflection as we look forward to the day when we can go back to fully being dedicated to the cause of nation building. Until then, stay home and stay safe.

Prof. Abubakar O. Sulaiman
Director-General, NILDS