LAGOS, NIGERIA – August 27, 2020 – Africa Initiative for Governance (AIG) is a non-profit organisation pursuing public sector transformation for improved socioeconomic performance. We provide financing and capacity building to support public sector reform initiatives across Nigeria.

We are pleased to have partnered with the Nigeria Economic Summit Group (NESG) and Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) towards the development of the Nigeria COVID-19 Incidence and Response Tracker Dashboard. This landmark initiative is a demonstration of what the Nigerian public sector in partnership with the private sector is capable of achieving.

The covid-19 pandemic has compelled governments around the world to implement unprecedented response measures to protect lives and forestall economic collapse. Nigeria faces similar challenges which are made worse by the poor state of our public healthcare system and limited financial resources.

Fortunately, our country led by the Presidential Taskforce on COVID-19 and the NCDC promptly instituted emergency health responses and other interventions which have bought time and space to enable the country strengthen its capacity to fight the pandemic. The NCDC continues to demonstrate through initiatives such as the covid-19 tracker that it is one public sector institution that is deserving of private sector support.

It is clear as many other countries across the world have realised that Nigeria would have to rethink its policy priorities, spend smarter and retool itself to deal with the far-reaching effects of this crisis. Covid-19 is a burning platform calling for change.

Here in Nigeria, it is important that we review existing systems and take the opportunity to push forward for change so that we are more resilient better prepared to handle this crisis -and others that may come in future.

The launch of the dashboard today marks a significant milestone in our country’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Beyond improving the transparency, accountability and governance of resources sourced from public, private and development sectors, the Predictive Analytic Model embedded in the Platform will allow the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, and the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) predict and project the rate of infections, deaths and consequent resource requirements. This dashboard is an essential tool in our fight against the pandemic and we at the Africa Initiative for Governance are very proud to have been involved in its development.