The World Bank estimates that overall food prices from June 2020 to June 2021 have pushed Nigerians below the poverty line of 40.1 percent to 42.8 percent.

The bank said this in a new report entitled ‘COVID-19 in Nigeria’ front line information and policy paths’.

According to Worldmeter, the population of Nigeria is 213,145,112 as of Wednesday. Out of the current population, 42 percent of the 91 million Nigerians may be pushed below the poverty line by inflation in one year.

In part, the report said, “Prices alone from June 2020 to June 2021 could plunge another six million Nigerians into poverty and cause disproportionate damage to urban areas. This emphasizes the importance of short-term policies to support security.

Simple examples suggest that due to food inflation between June 2020 and June 2021, the share of Nigerians living below the national poverty line could rise from 40.1 percent (85 million) to 42.8 percent (91 million). ”

The report also states that poor Nigerians are more willing to be vaccinated than rich people, which shows that they are more concerned about the poor being infected.

“Poor Nigerians are willing to be vaccinated by rich Nigerians. Ninety-eight percent of respondents in the weakest quintals reported vaccinating, compared to 74 percent of the wealthiest quintals.

“Thus, the gap between rich and poor responders’ desire to vaccinate echoes similar differences in their risk of COVID-19 entry,” the report read in part.

He said some Nigerians did not have access to soap and water during the outbreak.

“The simplest protection against CVD-19 is to wash your hands with soap and water. But the lack of soap and water for bathing was a stumbling block for some families. A.D. As of June 2020, 24 percent of households do not have enough soap and 7 percent do not have enough water to wash their hands.

“However, access to basic sanitation needs has increased between June 2020 and November 2020. Over the past seven days, the share of households who do not have enough soap to wash their hands has dropped from 24 percent to 11 percent,” he said.

The report states that during the Covd-19 crisis in Nigeria, there was a low level of social security coverage, with only 4% of households receiving direct support from federal, state, and other social security programs. , Or local government between March 2020 and March 2021.

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