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COVID-19: World Food Programme predicts millions of job loss in Nigeria 

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World Food Programme (WFP) of the United Nations (UN) has said that Nigeria may lose 13 million jobs as a result of COVID-19 restrictions.

The WFP’s Senior Spokesperson, Elisabeth Byrs, said this in a statement on Wednesday.

According to Byrs, more than $182m is needed to sustain life-saving aid to Nigeria over the next six months.

She also explained that 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.

 

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