Lockdown: NILDS plots exit strategies

As many countries around the world and in particular, Nigeria, are about exiting from lockdowns used in flattening the spreading curves of coronavirus pandemic, the National Institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies (NILDS), is also mapping out its strategies.
To this effect, the Director General of the Institute, Professor Abubakar Olanrewaju Sulaiman, has set up a technical committee of experts on restarting of economies earlier closed or locked down. 
The Committee as explained in a statement issued in Abuja Wednesday, will urgently come up with robust exit strategies, outline steps to be taken by government in re – opening the economy as well as preventive health measures against resurgence and spread of the deadly virus in the re – opened economy cum society.

The committee which includes economists, political scientists and medical experts, will also produce a legislative framework for consideration by the National Assembly upon resumption, the statement added.
The NILDS boss has also commissioned a study to, among others, examine the relationship between pandemics and political economy and highlight short and long-term measures to avert this and future crises. 

According to him,”The coronavirus crisis has raised important questions on how worsening economic crisis is intertwined with pandemics. 
“It has also exposed the daunting deficiencies of public health systems and threats to industries, supply chains and stock markets.”
NILDS assured that findings from the study expected to be carried out by  experts,  policy makers and academics from all sectors, will be presented to the leadership of the National Assembly in August 2020.

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