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Good Governance, Bad Governance: The Politics of Coronavirus Pandemic in Nigeria

Muyiwa Samuel Adedayo ()
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Muyiwa Samuel Adedayo: The Polytechnic, Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria

RAIS Conference Proceedings 2021 from Research Association for Interdisciplinary Studies

Abstract: This paper examines the influence of good governance on coronavirus pandemic in Nigeria. The kernel of this article is the intrinsic nexus between good governance, bad governance and coronavirus pandemic in a democratic state. It reviews articles on how democracy has influenced good governance and/or promotes bad governance. It examines the individual perspective and understanding of the virus, state of lockdown and the welfare of the populace by the political leaders; to what extent is the palliative being distributed among other welfare packages useful to the populace. The paper clearly explained the notion of good governance in the context of the Nigerian milieu and links it with how welfare of the citizens could assist in building their confidence. The paper provided evidence from around the world of the nexus between the three variables under examination and it shows that there is a yawning gap in trust and accountability between citizens and the government because the need of the populace has overtime been ignored and neglected by government. This is evident in that Nigeria is yet to comply with the inextricable indices of good governance due to lack of trust and committed leadership. The paper recommended amongst others that government and political leaders, as well as the institutions in the country, must strive to promote participatory, consensus-oriented, accountability, transparency, responsiveness, effectiveness and efficiency; equitable, inclusive and follows the rule of law to deliver good governance in Nigeria, and Africa in general. The paper is segmented to include introduction, problem statement, contextual discourse and conclusion.

Keywords: democracy; good governance; bad governance; Coronavirus pandemic; populace; Nigeria (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 6 pages
Date: 2021-03
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Published in Proceedings of the 21st International RAIS Conference on Social Sciences and Humanities, March 1-2, 2021, pages 114-122

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