Investigating the Communication Components of Nigeria’s Post Covid-19 Economic Recovery Policy

  • Daniel Nwanmereni Department of Mass Communication, Wellspring University, Benin City, Nigeria
Keywords: Covid-19 pandemic, informal sector, interpersonal communication networks, Nigeria informal sector operators, Nigeria’s post Covid-19 economic recovery policy

Abstract

In a bid to contain the spread of Covid-19 pandemic in Nigeria, measures such as lockdowns and curfews were imposed by Federal and State governments. Among the worst affected by Covid-19 containment measures were informal sector operators. To cushion the impacts of Covid-19 containment measures and to strengthen the informal sector to contribute to reconstruction of post Covid-19 economy, the Federal Government of Nigeria, in collaboration with some agencies, rolled out post Covid-19 economic recovery interventions. Other than media coverage, there seem to be a lack of government commitment to diffuse the policy to engender even participation of the target population. This study investigated communication components of Nigeria’s post Covid-19 economic recovery policy. Among other objectives, the study investigated communication platforms that were adopted to popularise the policy. Descriptive survey research design was used to study a population of 84,004,084 from which a sample size of 384 respondents was drawn. Findings of the study indicated sheer neglect of interpersonal communication networks in the implementation of Nigeria’s post Covid-19 economic recovery policy. The study recommended, among other things, that the Federal Government of Nigeria and its collaborating agencies should incorporate interpersonal communication networks to diffuse the post Covid-19 economic recovery policy.

Published
2021-06-30
How to Cite
Nwanmereni, D. (2021). Investigating the Communication Components of Nigeria’s Post Covid-19 Economic Recovery Policy. The Journal of Development Communication, 32(1), 21-32. Retrieved from http://jdc.journals.unisel.edu.my/ojs/index.php/jdc/article/view/186