ICT and COVID-19 Era: Effect on Nigeria population

The Covid-19 era was an eye-opener to many sectors across the world, Nigeria not an exception. It disrupted the normal way of doing things, and many of those sectors had to find alternative ways to survive. Among the highly affected sectors include the health sector, the education sector, the ICT sector, the transport sector, and others. All these sectors had to rely on ICT, innovation and creativity to survive the pandemic. Covid-19 led the Nigerian government to issue directives of closure and lockdown. This meant that international travel was put on hold, going to work physically was also halted to avoid the virus's spread. Companies in Nigeria had to get alternative ways to have their employees work from home and still deliver quality work. Schools in the country had to look for ways to keep their pupils and students actively reading despite not engaging in physical classes. Places of worship that were also largely affected had to look for ways to have their members engaged over the period of closure and lockdown. Covid-19, whose spread is majorly through physical contact, meant that doctors and other healthcare workers were at great risk of contracting the virus. Therefore, the Nigerian government through the ministry of health had to look for alternative ways to handle patients without physically coming into contact with them. The ICT sector in Nigeria became the only place to run to, to have most of these multi-sectoral problems solved. Creative innovations had to quickly be made to intervene or else have several sectors stall. Most of those innovations will, however, be carried on past the Covid-19 era. Keywords:ICT, covid-19, innovation, technology

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