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Lagos makes it hard for people living in slums to cope with shocks like COVID-19

19 May 2020 The Nigerian government has adopted a range of strategies to manage the spread of COVID-19. However, as desirable as the strategies may seem, the urban poor are disproportionately negatively affected. Lagos city is a case in point. The Lagos state government introduced a food relief package to cushion the effects of lockdown. But the distribution of the relief package has been …

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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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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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Unanswered questions as Nigeria braces for coronavirus lockdown

26 March 2020 Small business owners worry about cash flow as Nigeria prepares to go into lockdown later on Thursday. Nigerians are bracing for a partial lockdown from Thursday as authorities try to contain the spread of coronavirus cases in the country of about 200 million people. Markets, religious centres, schools, offices and leisure spots have already been shut in …

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Nigerian doctors go on strike as coronavirus cases rise

20 March 2020 Nigeria successfully managed an Ebola outbreak, but COVID-19 is a very different matter. Nigerian doctors in the capital, Abuja, have gone on strike, demanding two months’ back pay, despite the steady rise in coronavirus cases in the country. The doctors said it was a difficult decision. There have been a total of 12 confirmed coronavirus cases in Nigeria. The latest were four …

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