The COVID- 19 pandemic may lead to the loss of 13 million jobs in Nigeria, the World Food Programme of the United Nations declared on Wednesday.
According to the agency , Nigeria needs urgent financial intervention to boost its economy , as millions of citizens across the country are currently suffering the harsh economic impact of the virus .see details below.
WFP’ s Senior Spokesperson, Elisabeth Byrs , said in a statement from her agency that more than $182m was needed to sustain life- saving aid to Africa ’s most populous country over the next six months.
She explained that over 3. 8 million citizens, particularly those in the informal sector , could lose their jobs, adding that the figure could rise to 13 million if the restriction on movements persist for long.
Byrs was quoted as saying, “ We are concerned by conflict- affected communities in North – East Nigeria who already face extreme hunger and who are especially vulnerable. They are on life- support and need assistance to survive. ”
The WFP official , however, stated that her organisation was distributing two months worth of food and nutrition assistance in Internally Displaced Persons ’ camps and among vulnerable communities .
She also stated that three million vulnerable individuals in Abuja , Kano and Lagos would also receive assistance from the WFP .
“ We are actually scaling up our operations in the North- East to serve more people in response to the new challenges of more food insecurity posed by COVID -19 ,” Byrs stated .
The WFP noted that job losses would further increase hunger , which was why it was supporting vulnerable citizens in Nigeria.