By Abimbola Ogunnaike
An agency of the United Nations (UN), the World Food Programme (WFP), has disclosed that COVID-19 may lead to the loss of 13 million jobs in Nigeria.
WFP’s Senior Spokesperson, Elisabeth Byrs, made this disclosure in a statement on Wednesday.
Byrs said more than $182m is needed to sustain life-saving aid to Nigeria over the next six months.
According to her, over 3.8 million citizens, especially those in the informal sector, could lose their jobs.
That figure could rise to 13 million if the restriction on movements 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.
She also revealed that three million vulnerable people in Abuja, Kano and Lagos would also receive assistance from the WFP.