COVID- 19 PANDEMIC: A CRITICAL ANALYSIS OF IMPACT AND RECOVERY FOR PRIVATE EDUCATION IN NIGERIA
I must commend the federal/state governments including well- meaning Nigerian donors for all their combative efforts to contain the deadly Coronavirus pandemic which is ferociously ravaging world economies and taking dangerous toll on human lives. The year 2020 no doubt, will go down as a challenging year the entire world has ever witnessed in recent times with the outbreak of a novel Coronavirus otherwise known as COVID-19. Nobody could have thought that the outbreak of the Virus would have a lasting devastating effect on the education sector. As of now, the world is still battling to contain the spread of the deadly virus which has affected nearly 5 million people around the world with nearly 400,000 deaths globally as at the time of writing this article. In Nigeria, the number of infected is currently put at over 6,000 and deaths at almost 200. The unprecedented COVID –I9 pandemic has been compared to 1918 Influenza pandemic where about 500 million people got infected with the virus and the number of deaths estimated to be at least 50 million worldwide. To contain the spread of COVID- 19 pandemic, countries all over the world resorted to lockdown which is deemed to be the best containment strategy the world has adopted against the coronavirus which unfortunately has brought untold hardships on individuals around the world despite palliative measures introduced by different governments to cushion the effect of the Covid-19 on the populace.