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Nigerian food prices rise during Ramadan

17 May 2020 The cost of some items has doubled, and prices are expected to stay high after the Muslim fasting month ends. Nigerians are complaining about rising food prices during Ramadan. The cost of some items has doubled, and they are expected to stay high after the Muslim fasting month ends. Al Jazeera’s Ahmed Idris has been speaking with …

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Oil slump: Nigeria economy to contract 3.4% in 2020

6 May 2020 Africa’s top oil producer cut its budget for a second time this year; it expects to earn far less oil revenue in 2020. Nigeria’s economy is projected to contract by 3.4% this year, government officials said on Tuesday, as dwindling oil revenues and the new coronavirus forced it to cut budget plans for a second time. The West African …

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Nigeria reports record infections hours after lockdown was eased

5 May 2020 Number of COVID-19 cases jumps by 245, the day Nigeria began phasing out emergency measures. Nigeria has recorded its highest single-day infection rate of COVID-19, the day Africa’s biggest economy began a six-week phase-out period of the emergency lockdown measures. A total of 245 new cases were confirmed on Monday by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), 73 …

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Nigeria’s president eases COVID-19 restrictions, citing economic hardship

28 April 2020 Nigeria’s president has announced the country will begin easing a more than month-long coronavirus lockdown in the capital Abuja, and its largest city, Lagos, even as he imposed restrictions on another city where COVID-19 has surged. President Muhammadu Buhari said the stay-at-home orders imposed on March 30 have come at a “very heavy economic cost,” as ordinary …

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Nigerian president’s top aide and ‘de facto head of govt’ dies of Covid-19

19 April 2020 The powerful chief of staff to Nigerian leader Muhammadu Buhari has died after contracting the novel coronavirus, the presidency said Saturday.  In a statement, the Nigerian presidential office said it “regrets to announce the passage” of Abba Kyari, who acted as gatekeeper to the leader of Africa’s most populous nation. “The deceased had tested positive to the ravaging Covid-19, and …

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Nigeria: Protect most vulnerable in COVID-19 response

15 April 2020 Extended lockdown threatens livelihoods of millions Nigeria’s federal and state governments should ensure the rights to food, shelter, and other basic necessities for people losing jobs or income during the COVID-19 pandemic. The economic assistance that the government has announced in response to the virus has exposed inadequacies in Nigeria’s social protection systems and risks excluding the country’s …

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Coronavirus: Mixed messages from Nigeria’s pastors

10 April 2020 Religious leaders have asked their congregations to respect governments’ stay-at-home advice; others are defying it. With Easter coming in a few days, followers are confused and this is risky. Nigeria is home to most of Africa’s mega-churches – you can call it the Vatican for Africa’s televangelists if you like. A federal government lockdown imposed on three …

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Nigeria seeks $6.9bn from lenders to fund coronavirus fight

7 April 2020 Nigeria has more than 200 confirmed coronavirus infections. Nigeria is requesting $6.9bn from multilateral lenders to combat the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on Africa’s biggest economy, the finance minister said on Monday. Nigeria, whose revenues have tumbled with the fall in oil prices, has asked for $3.4bn from the International Monetary Fund, $2.5bn from the World …

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Lockdown will hit Nigeria’s smallscale entrepreneurs hard

6 April 2020 Nigeria has announced a lockdown of three major states, Lagos, Ogun and Abuja, to curb the coronavirus pandemic. Those that will be affected the hardest will be households that rely on the day to day activities of self-employed individuals for consumption. Lagos is the country’s major economic centre as well as its financial capital. Ogun state borders Lagos state to …

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