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Survey rates FG, Lagos poor on COVID-19 responses

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A survey conducted by Human and Environmental Development Agenda (HEDA) Resource Centre has rated the federal and Lagos State governments low on responses to COVID-19 pandemic.

According to respondents, public officials did not do enough to meet global standards in their poor management of information, public education, swift responses to public health needs, sharing of palliatives and constructive engagement of the critical sector.

The HEDA said the report provides citizen perception of Federal Government’s decision-making and how such affects the people and perspective during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The survey, which targeted 1,300 respondents, recorded 1,150 responses. Fifty per cent of respondents above 50 years of age said the Federal Government did not handle the pandemic fairly while 50 per cent of female respondents said the Federal Government badly handled the responses.

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For instance, out of 420 respondents, with 262 males and 155 females, 104 respondents said the governments fairly handled the response while 104 females and 231 males said the responses were badly handled. The report contains analysis and evaluation of the various citizens’ perspectives on government responses. Most people from 34 to 64 years old felt the responses of the governments were bad.

The survey was conducted on August 7 and 8, this year.

The action was informed by the need to understand, with empirical fact, citizens’ perception of governments at the federal and state levels, with special focus on Lagos as pilot to determine what level of trust is placed on the governments to represent and reflect citizens’ interest in the formulation and implementation of policies and programmes.

Other considerations included the allegations of misapplication and secrecy surrounding the utilisation of resources and funds mobilised to combat the COVID-19 by these governments.

This survey seeks to set the foundation for a bi-annual citizen’s perception survey to be conducted by HEDA Resource Centre for the purpose of challenging government on its policies and programmes.

Also, the survey will help mobilise citizens for popular participation in government and demand for accountability in the implementation of policies and programmes. Governments are ultimately forced to adopt the consultation strategy in designing, implementing, monitoring and evaluating its programmes and imbibe people-oriented initiatives.

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