Thursday, August 19, 2021

Op-Ed: Hunger during the pandemic shows Nigeria’s social security gaps

The World Bank forecasted in January 2021 that the COVID-19 crisis will result in an additional 10.9 million Nigerians entering extreme poverty, living on less than a dollar a day, by 2022. Prior to the pandemic, about 90 million Nigerians, more than 40%, were already living in extreme poverty. The government has acknowledged that the COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on the livelihoods of the poorest Nigerians and promised to reverse the trend. But its efforts have been limited.

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