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PHILLIP ANJORIN is a 300 level student of Mass communication department in Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko.

N. B: This write-up only gives room for constructive criticism and civil intellectual discussions.

While the pandemic is verily causing more harm than good as evidenced by the death rate, infection rate and effects on human race’ day-to-day activities on a global scale, identifying the positive side can definitely create room for optimism in the mind of the masses.

With the positive cases passing 2 million globally and death toll nearing 200, 000, finding out a tiny thread of hope to hold onto is indeed a utopian and herculean task. However, hope, in this context, is exactly what we need at the moment.

The Late Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari was reportedly treated at a private hospital in Lagos, when the Presidential villa in Abuja is boasting of a clinic unfit to attend to his ailment due to inadequate facilities. This embodies the deplorable state of the health sector in our beloved nation. It is our hope {remember, it might not be fulfilled as usual} as Nigerian citizens that this serves as a clarion call to the government to revitalize the public health sector.

The education sector is not left out of the need for restructuring. The Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, recently called out tertiary institutions in Nigeria to commence virtual learning for students. One cannot go overboard if this action is regarded as wishful thinking when considering the pitiable condition of the education sector. Again, hope is the only thing we can hope for.

Meanwhile, Mother Earth is finally heaving a sigh of relief as a study, led by Antara Banerjee from the College of Colorado Stone, reveals that the ozone layer protecting the planet from external harm is self-healing, thanks to the depletion in CO2 (Carbondioxide) production from factories and industries. Human activities capable of damaging our natural habitat have been significantly curtailed by the spread of Corona Virus.

To conclude, the spread of this virus has indeed tampered with human development. It is still an unconfirmed theory that it is a biological weapon. However, the bigger picture shows a beacon of hope to the world at large and to Nigeria in particular. This write-up will end with a tweet from Sarah Ferguson on March 24, “Mother Nature has sent us to our rooms., like the spoilt children we are. She gave us time and she gave us warnings. She was so patient with us. She gave us fire and floods, she tried to warn us but in the end she took back control”.


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