Group Declares Negative Impact Of COVID-19, Wake -up Call For Nigerians


An Economic Summit Group has described the negative impact of covid 19 as a wake-up call for Nigerians and the society in general.

The group has therefore  sued for equal, inclusive, and sustainable economies to breed a society that is  more resilient in the face of pandemics and many other local changes that may come up in future.

Convener of the group, Manti Umoh who made the call in a statement made available to newsmen in Uyo on Monday disclosed the plans to host  business leadership summit in Uyo to prepare for future eventualities. 

The summit  tagged, ‘Leading in the midst of uncertainty,’  slated for Friday, January  29, 2021, is, according to Umoh,  designed to tackle the uncertainties and negative impact of corona virus pandemic on the economy as well as businesses in the State.

She hinted that Justice Ifiok Ukana(Rtd.), Honorable Onofiok Luke Esq, Mr. Udom Inoyo Esq, Mr. Ubong Obot, Mr. Magnus Chukwumah and Ms. Mmanti Umoh will feature as keynote speakers. 

She explained that the Speakers were carefully selected to share their wealth of experience in proffering solutions to problems and  building meaningful connections as well as inspiring  change across the State’s ‘diverse multi-stakeholder communities’.

Umoh who harped on the need for public private partnership in driving the economy said gone  are the days when people had solitary attitude towards a burning issue and achieve  result adding, ‘there is an urgent need for local stakeholders to cooperate in simultaneously managing the direct consequences of the COVID-19 crisis.”

On the objectives of the summit, Umoh said, “our objective is to find ways to address issues at the heart of business by developing sustainable and scalable tactics and frameworks that corporations, governments, and community groups can use to tackle these issues together.

“COVID-19 and the related economic turmoil has put a strain on businesses around the state and poses an existential threat for many enterprises. We want to enable companies to navigate this uncertainty and turn unpredictability into resourceful innovation.

“The inconsistencies, inadequacies, and contradictions of multiple systems –from health and finance to energy and education – are more exposed than ever amidst a global context of concern for lives, livelihoods,  and the planet. Leaders find themselves at a historic crossroads, managing short-term pressures against medium- and long-term uncertainties.

“With this in view, there is an urgent need for local stakeholders to cooperate in simultaneously managing the direct consequences of the COVID-19 crisis.”

Umoh however stressed that  Akwa Ibom citizens deserved an economy where each person can succeed through hard work and creativity noting that the free-market system is the best means of generating a strong and sustainable economy as well as an economic opportunity for all.




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