In News by Oluwaseun Samuel on the 30th, June, 2020

COVID-19: Extra Nigerians Might Face Starvation

COVID-19: More Nigerians May Face Hunger


 Extra Nigerians Might Face Starvation – United Nations

The United Nations says extra Nigerians could face starvation this yr, noting that there’s an pressing have to help farmers within the nation.

Ms. Eve Sabbagh, Head, Public Data Unit, United Nations Workplace for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in Nigeria, made this identified whereas talking with journalists on Tuesday.

She lamented that the variety of individuals in dire want of life-saving help together with meals, shelter and potable water rose from 7.1m in 2019 to 7.8m in 2020 amid the pandemic.

“This can be very essential to have funding in time to supply help to farmers through the planting season, as there’s a threat to see extra individuals going through starvation this yr,
” she famous.

Sabbagh defined, “Earlier than the COVID-19 pandemic reached Nigeria, humanitarian wants have been already worsening and elevated from 7.1 million individuals in want of pressing life-saving help in 2019 to 7.eight million individuals in 2020.

“UN and NGOs in addition to authorities establishments had deliberate to step up their help in 2020. UN and accomplice NGOs wanted $834 million to supply pressing support to five.9 million individuals.

“We’re half-way by the yr and to this point solely 15% of the funding has been obtained. Now with the COVID-19 pandemic and its impacts on the financial system and livelihoods, many extra individuals want pressing help.”

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