Agriculture

COVID-19: WFP begins distribution of food, cash in Abuja

Published

on

The UN World Food Programme (WFP) has began the distribution of cash and food to vulnerable people in Abuja.

The initiative, in partnership with the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, was to cushion the COVID-19 effect on the residents.

Dr Paul Howe, WFP representative in Nigeria, on Friday commended the Federal Government for providing food from the National Strategic Grains Reserve.

He added that the one million dollars contribution would be shared among the vulnerable people in urban hotspots in Abuja, Lagos and Kano.

According to him, assistance will be given in three Area Councils of Abuja Municipal, Bwari and Gwagwalada.

“We want to acknowledge also the contribution of the Government of Switzerland, which is our key contributor to the funding of this project.”

He said that the Nigerian Government is providing cereal food support, adding that “Switzerland’s assistance via cash transfer to the beneficiaries is complementing Government’s efforts.”

Howe said that WFP planned to reach 67,500 beneficiaries in Abuja under this intervention programme, adding that WFP had already reached over 57,000 individuals.

COVID-19 has grown beyond a global health crisis into a global ‘food pandemic’ of historical proportions.

“Over 90 million people with 46 per cent of the population in Nigeria live on less than US$2 per day, the urban poor depending on daily wages have been very hard hit.

“In communities in Kano, Abuja and Lagos; the socio-economic impact of COVID-19 has hit hard,” he said.

He stated that WFP is supporting the Government in assisting up to 200,000 people through a combination of cash-based transfers and food distributions.

He said that it was the first time WFP is expanding into urban centres in Nigeria to serve people and families affected by hunger and severe food insecurity.

Edited By: Ismail Abdulaziz
(NAN)

Bukola Olaifa

Bukola Olaifa: is a graduate and a professionally trained journalist, with experience in national news reporting/editing and verification at the News Agency of Nigeria. NNN is a media subscriber of the News Agency of Nigeria. NNN is a Nigerian online news portal that publishes breaking news in Nigeria, and across the world. Our journalists are honest, fair, accurate, thorough and courageous in gathering, reporting and interpreting news in the best interest of the public, because truth is the cornerstone of journalism and they strive diligently to ascertain the truth in every news report. Contact: editor[at]nnn.ng. Disclaimer.

Troops raid terrorists’ hideouts, eliminate 5 in Borno Tokyo 2020 Olympics postponement cost organisers $1.9 billion Tyson fights to draw with Jones Jr. in exhibition Lagos Taskforce destroys over 1,700 illegal shanties at Agege #EndSARS: NAN management wants show of patriotism by Nigerians Buhari describes as insane Boko Haram killing of farmers in Borno Bible Society appoints Sanusi as new CEO-Designate Indigenous Coy plans Summit to reposition Nigeria’s entrepreneurship drive — CEO Ghana to elect president in ‘battle of two giants’ Croatian PM in self-quarantine after wife contracts COVID-19 Tens of thousands protest in France against controversial police law Republican Cindy McCain reportedly favourite to be Biden’s ambassador to Britain VSF sets aside N3.3bn for COVID-19 intervention AfCFTA: African customs officials approve draft guidelines for continental free trade area COVID-19: Nigeria reports 110 new cases Murder of top Ondo monarch against Yoruba tradition, custom – Ekiti Obas SARS stray bullet shattered my leg, hairstylist tells judicial panel Kano Mobile Court slaps N2m fine on filthy market Police arrest man for alleged kidnap, murder of teenager Gov. Matawalle commends Umahi for dumping PDP Simba SC of Tanzania arrive Jos, to face Plateau United in CAF League encounter Two governors receive awards Kwara Conditional Cash Transfer: 10,000 aged, vulnerable adults shortlisted Okomu Oil company gives 35 indigent students bursary awards in Edo Libyan electoral commission prepares for coming elections Rising hunger in drought-stricken southern Madagascar forcing families to eat insects: WFP Ethiopian PM Abiy meets AU Mediation team11 Sudanese PM vows to protect Ethiopian refugees streaming into Sudan Gunmen kill police, kidnap Chinese expatriate in Ekiti Emefiele projects exit from recession Q1 2021 Nigeria’s COVID-19 death hits 1171, with 246 new cases -NCDC Former Honduran president stopped at airport with thousands in cash Trump loses appeal in Pennsylvania court over voter fraud claims Senior Iranian nuclear physicist assassinated in Tehran Breaking: UI Senate to select Acting VC Nov.30  Ondo budgets N159bn for 2021 fiscal year NEDC donates to 144 widows of teachers killed by insurgents in Borno Children’s well-being in sub-Saharan Africa under siege, says UNICEF Gov. Diri directs payment of medical bills for victims of police shooting NIOB to check building collapse in FCT — Chairman Air Force elevates 107 senior officers, gets 16 AVMs –NAF HQ Kwara athletes to boycott NSF over unpaid allowances Imo govt. seeks FG’s intervention on N75bn erosion remedy –Uzodinma Oyo Govt. collaborates with private firm to end FGM Peace education, social protection, panacea for gangsterism — Experts Policeman who killed my husband not held accountable, caterer tells panel NiMet predicts sunny, cloudy weather conditions Saturday to Monday Always think outside the box, Minister advises Federal Perm. Secs Turkey detains 79 suspects over alleged terrorism links Borno govt. seeks NIS support to curb cross-border crimes