The World Food Programme (WFP) of the United Nations (UN) on Wednesday through a statement informed that Nigeria may loss 13 million jobs as a result of the COVID-19 global pandemic. WFP's Senior Spokesperson, Elizabeth Byrs who made the disclosure noted that more than $182m is needed to sustain life-saving aid to Nigeria over the next six months.
She further explained that over 3.8 million citizens, especially those in the informal sector, could lose their jobs.
That figure could still rise to 13 million if the partial shutdown of the economy and restriction on movement persists for long. "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, "Byrs said.
Byrs also revealed that three million vulnerable people in Abuja, Kano and Lagos would also receive assistance from the WFP