In the midst of what is increasingly becoming a global coronavirus lockdown, governments’ operations and private businesses are being affected across the world as isolation and social distancing have become the order of the day.
But it would seem Nigerians are leading in adopting technology to beat the situation which ordinarily would have grounded operations of governments and businesses.
In Nigeria, championing this innovation is Nigeria’s Vice President Yemi Osinbajo who in the last couple weeks have been holding his meetings and some public engagements through videoconferencing.
Besides this meeting, the VP has also held other meetings using technology to beat the shutdown and comply with social distancing at the same time. He also participated in a Google Hangout in Abuja on Monday where young technology innovators across the country discussed solutions, ideas and sharing public information regarding the COVID-19 pandemic and its attendant implications.
For improvising various means to beat the Coronavirus pandemic, the Nigerian Young Tech Professionals based in the United Kingdom have commended the Vice – President of Nigeria for being a model to other world leaders and captains of industry by holding a video conference of from his office.
The Secretary of the group, Chinedu Ogbonna said: “the Vice – President has shown that he can improvise and make things work in any situation using technology. He took the lead by being a model to other world leaders, and they now take a cue from the brilliant idea at this critical moment of the pandemic outbreak”.
holding meetings in his office via video conferencing while on self-isolation in accordance to the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) protocols, the Vice President has also been worshipping online for the past two Sundays as the Aso Villa Chapel streams the service online with less than 10 people including the Chapel Chaplain and few others on the ground at the Villa Chapel.
@Cbngov Akin posted on twitter how Osinbajo held the online meeting, while the Lagos State Government and Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister of Britain followed suit.
In response, @Ibmojotu99 wrote: “Always an innovative leader he made it look so easy and now the world follows but I can’t help but imagine if it was The UK prime minister that did it first, wailers would label anyone after copycat”
On the contrary, Dwight Shrute added: “Someone said all these small companies have been doing it since, but our own just started. The hatred sent ehnnn. Ocho ga”