THE COVID CRISIS AND ITS EFFECT ON THE WELFARE OF NIGERIA CITIZENS

Eze, Caroline Obiageli
Keywords: Covid-19, welfare, citizens, lockdown
Journal of Inter-Disciplinary Studies on Contemporary Issues 2020 6(1), 48-52. Published: March 10, 2023


Abstract

The News of the deadly corona virus disease caused by SARS Cov 2 virus, the Severe Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) was first in December 2019 at Wuhan, China. SARS COV is an enveloped virus responsible for covid-19 pandemic. The major research question is how this Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS COV – 2) emerge in the human population. This disease that respected no race, colour, cadre or wealth spread like harmattan fire across the globe. The interest generated in the mind of many scholars is in understanding the root cause of the covid-19 virus. In Nigeria, the first case was reported on February 27, 2020. Within this period, health and safety measures including inter-state and international travels were banned, schools at all levels were closed along side with markets, churches and restriction on mass gatherings. The major and primary effect of the covid-19 in Nigeria is on economy, the crisis ushered into the country the deepest recession ever that is still persisting till today. The major reason for the severe economic recession are the lock down, restriction of people ability to go to work, and on top of it all, the crude oil that represent 90 of the total export revenue and 60% of government revenue tumbled between February and May, at this time inflation started to accelerate at a very high speed. As Nigeria was passing through these problems, other serious cases were there. The case of Fulani herds men destroying agricultural farms, the kidnappers that disturb, and are still doing the worst; the bandits and unknown gunmen were severe. All these have negative effects on the population. All these are seriously affecting the human capital, livelihood and welfare of Nigeria households even now that covid-19 is eradicated.