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UN mobilises $182m COVID-19 lifeline for Nigeria

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The United Nations is mobilising $182 million to support millions of Nigerians hit by the coronavirus pandemic, including conflict-torn communities in the North East.

The World Food Programme (WFP) said the funds were needed to sustain life-saving aid for the next six months

The lifeline is to aid three million people in Kano, Abuja and Lagos in addition to the Federal Government’s social protection schemes.

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WFP’s senior spokesperson, Elisabeth Byrs, referencing the terrorism in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe, expressed concern that the war-hit communities in the troubled North-East currently face extreme hunger.

In a statement yesterday, she recalled that the three states had been plagued by a decade-long insurgency, resulting in the severe humanitarian crisis in the Lake Chad region where over 7.9 million people, mainly women and children, are in need of urgent assistance.

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