Non-State Actors as Partners in the Response to COVID-19 Pandemic in Nigeria
This paper is an examination of the response of the NSAs support services amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Government incapacity and severe human needs motivated the NSAs to adapt quickly and rose to the challenges of helping to mitigate the effect of a ravaging pandemic. Data were collected from primary and secondary sources and personal observation. The study demonstrated how NSAs responded to the challenges of the pandemic by monitoring palliatives distribution, providing isolation centres and mobilising and sensitising the general public; provided insights into the weak capacity of the state that necessitated the NSAs intervention and challenges encountered. Lessons learnt were captured in „new normal? and understanding of how relevant NSAs can be in a pandemic situation as tool for mobilisation. It was concluded that the nature of NSAs intervention was essentially collaborative and complementary. Among the recommendations were that NSAs be encouraged by government to do more for the citizens, especially during emergencies, increased funding of public health sector and regular accreditation of health facilities.