From: Samuel Orumade, Abuja
THE World Food Programme says millions of people in Nigeria’s north east states have been ‘severely’ hit by the effects of the global Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) and over $182 million will be required to save those affected.
The global humanitarian programme particularly made reference to Borno, Adamawa and Yobe States.
This support, the body noted, would be required to ‘sustain life-saving aid’ to the country over the next six months.
“We are concerned by conflict-affected communities in northeast Nigeria who already face extreme hunger and who are especially vulnerable. They are on life-support and need assistance to survive,” said Elisabeth Byrs, WFP senior spokesperson.
She disclosed that more than 3.8 million people who work in the informal sector, are at risk of job loss despite the rising poverty.
She further stressed how the situation could increase to 13 million people if the restriction on movement persists.
“That’s why WFP is distributing now two months’ worth of food and nutrition assistance in IDP camps and among vulnerable communities to ensure that people have enough food while they are on full or partial lock-down,” she noted adding that 1.8 million people would be supported.