The dangers to Nigeria’s business survival, according to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, are unprecedented and unimaginable.
The vice president appeared at a public event over the weekend to promote a book written by retired Major-General Pat Akem-Vingir.
He addressed the fight against COVID-19, noting that the country is moving progress despite severe hurdles.
Nigeria’s response to the coronavirus epidemic, according to Osinbajo, is an example of crisis leadership.
He remembers how even the most prosperous and established nations struggled to cope with the pandemic.
According to the VP, nations with lower economic profiles swiftly implemented a responsive and efficient public health infrastructure.
Osinbajo pointed out that Nigeria’s response has been celebrated locally and internationally as a result of strategic leadership.
He cited the establishment of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 and an inter-ministerial interagency team led by Secretary of the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha.
“The task force swiftly issued and enforced COVID-19 protocols for travel and general movement. We restricted travel into Nigeria before most OECD countries did.
“Once the first case was discovered, the African Center of Excellence for Genomic of Infectious Diseases, in Ede gave Africa the first genomic sequence for Coronavirus SARS 2,” he said.
Osinbajo hailed the PTF for developing the protocols, public health system for mass vaccination campaigns, and ensuring eligible citizens received their jabs seamlessly.
He added that leadership required imagination, clarity of vision and effective implementation due to current global challenges, changes and opportunities.
“As a nation, the threats to our corporate existence today are unprecedented and hitherto unimagined. It is against this background that the author’s prescriptions have to be taken seriously.
“As he pointed out, exceptional leaders do not just emerge, they are the products of deliberate efforts in policy making, training and grooming”, Osinbajo stressed.