By Ngozi Onyeakusi— The Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) has urged government to avoid imposition of lockdown of the economy even as the spread of Omicron COVID-19 variant continues to generate concerns. The call was made by the President of the chamber, Michael Olawale-Cole.

According to him, the nation’s economy was still recovering from the prolonged lockdown it suffered in 2020 and fragile to experience another one, adding that the country needed to sustain the gains and recoveries the economy has received during the past three quarters of this year. “While we celebrate the positive Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth recorded all through the three quarters of this year, the recovery of the economy from the impact of COVID-19 in 2020 is still fragile. “The government must do everything in its power to sustain the positive growth trajectory towards an inclusive and sustainable growth rate.” He stated that Nigeria needed a long-term containment strategy and public health action plan to manage epidemics and pandemics without having to lock down the economy. In the short term, considering Nigeria’s low vaccination coverage, Olawale-Cole recommended that the government should develop and deploy strategies to get more citizens vaccinated. “These strategies need to address both the supply and demand-side challenges to vaccination.