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COVID-19: More Nigerians could face starvation, says UN

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The United Nations says more Nigerians could face starvation this year, noting that there’s an urgent need to assist farmers within the nation.

Head, Public Information Unit, United Nations Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in Nigeria, Ms. Eve Sabbagh, revealed while addressing journalists on Tuesday.

She complained that the variety of individuals in dire need of life-saving help together with food, protection, and drinkable water increased from 7.1 million in 2019 to 7.8   million in 2020 amidst the  lingering virus.

“It is extremely important to have funding in time to provide support to farmers during the planting season, as there is a risk to see more people facing hunger this year,” she noted”

Sabbagh explained, “Before the COVID-19 pandemic reached Nigeria, humanitarian needs were already worsening and increased from 7.1 million people in need of urgent life-saving assistance in 2019 to 7.8 million people in 2020″

“UN and NGOs as well as government institutions had planned to step up their assistance in 2020. UN and partner NGOs needed $834 million to provide urgent aid to 5.9 million people.

“We are half-way through the year and so far only 15% of the funding has been received. Now with the COVID-19 pandemic and its impacts on the economy and livelihoods, many more people need urgent assistance.”

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