According to the UN agency, Nigeria requires quick financial intervention to boost its economy, as millions of citizens across the country are currently suffering from the effect of the global pandemic.
WFP’s Senior Spokesperson, Elisabeth Byrs, gave a statement in which she stated that more than $182m is 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, are likely to lose their jobs, also including that the figure could rise to 13 million if the lockdown persist 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.”
However, The WFP official, 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 added 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 increase the rate hunger in the country, which was why it was supporting vulnerable citizens in Nigeria.