The COVID-19 Pandemic Effect; the Government and its Directive

Nigeria recorded its first incidence of COVID-19 on 27 February 2020 and since then the numbers of the infected persons have continued to rise with confirmed cases now over 139 across the country. The Federal and State Government have continued to introduce measures to curtail the spread of the virus.

In a bid to curtail the effect of the virus, given the fact that Lagos State is the state with most cases in Nigeria, the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria under the Quarantine Act of 1926 (as amended) issued COVID-19 regulation where it declared COVID-19 as a dangerous disease and subsequently ordered a lockdown for an initial 14days in Lagos State and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, tagging Ogun State th because of its proximity to Lagos State, effective from 30 March 2020.

Nigeria is a 36 states nation. Lagos is arguably the major commercial hub; Ogun is a manufacturing hub and Abuja remains the secretariat for all the country’s regulatory bodies.

The question is where does this total and partial lockdown leave this Country especially in sectors such as Aviation and other modes of transportation, Real Estate, Construction, Agriculture, Financial Institutions, Entertainment amongst others which contributes heavily to the nation’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP)?

What do you think?