Nigeria’s Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo has said that the nations massive population is a major impediment in the war against COVID-19.
Osinbajo disclosed this on Wednesday at a virtual conference entitled “How Africa’s Informal Sector Reacts to COVID-19”, put together by Africa.com.
President Nana Akufo-Addo of Ghana; Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna; Ahmed Mushfiq Mobarak, Professor of Economics, Yale University; and Amandla Ooko-Ombaka, Senior Engagement Manager, McKinsey & Co, were also present at the conference.
He said that the provision of loans to SME’s have helped cushion the effect of the pandemic in the different States of the country. And that managing COVID-19 at State level has been to the advantage of the country.
“But of course, by the very nature of this pandemic, it also means that you run the risk of everything going south if some state isn’t doing as well as it ought to.
“I think, in the end, we have that advantage that we are able to almost isolate responses, and even look at best practices across the various states and try and ramp up wherever we find that there are deficiencies,” Osinbajo said.