The Vice-Chancellor, Bowen University, Iwo, Professor Joshua Ogunwole, has urged Nigerian government, various organisations, institutions, as well as the private sector to start preparing for the aftereffect of coronavirus on the economy and the general wellbeing of the people, aside the ongoing palliative measures embarked by the state and the federal governments in the country.
He gave the charge during the donation of food items to the people of Iwo and Oluponna towns in Osun State, held recently.
According to him, it has become expedient for government and in non-governmental organisations, including private companies in the economy to be proactive by engaging in viable business development proposal to revamp the collapsing economy caused by these COVID-19 pandemic challenges.
He said: “We need to start thinking of what to do after this COVID-19. No doubt, coronavirus has affected many people economically. This is an indication that the countries cannot remain the same, the entire world will depend more on a new method of doing business. Our palliative measures initiative was designed to support the government’s efforts in alleviating the sufferings of people at home as a result of the lockdown directive of the government.
“As a Christian university, we are our brothers’ keeper. This is why we are out to give this welfare package to the people, not minding their religious inclination. We have invited the leaders of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) and the leaders of the Islamic Society of Nigeria, the representatives of the development unit of the towns, and other classified groups for the welfare package which is meant for the vulnerable under their umbrella.
“Since the coronavirus outbreak in the country and the lockdown issues which forced our students to return to their houses, we are not in any way be affected academically. As a technologically based institution, we have been teaching our students with our smart school hub, video teaching, animation, especially with our colleagues in Australia, Italy and in other places.”
He admonished Nigerians to keep to the dictates of the government for a healthy community.