An Assessment of the Nigerian Government’s COVID-19 Intervention
ABSTRACT: This study assesses the Nigerian government’s efforts to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic, and the corresponding influence of those interventions on other sectors of the economy. It evaluates key social, monetary, fiscal and public health intervention schemes such as: food rationing, conditional cash transfers, non-interest agricultural loans, loans to SMEs, creative industry loans, healthcare and development grants, sector-specific stimulus and tax relief measures, among others. The study shows that the schemes, while being laudable, are inadequate and insufficient in relation to the set targets. In addition, it argues that the Nigerian government’s intervention was hampered by a weak health system, slow emergency response network, lack of accountability and transparency, poverty of reliable data, a poor information monitoring system, and corruption.
KEYWORDS: COVID-19, Intervention, Government, Nigeria.