COVID-19 pushes 27m Nigerians into extreme poverty, says NLC | The Guardian Nigeria News

The ravaging coronavirus has pushed 27 million Nigerians into abject poverty since the outbreak of the virus early last year.

Speaking at the National Executive Council (NEC) meeting of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) in Abuja, President of Congress, Ayuba Wabba, added that the pandemic also led to a 14% increase in poverty headcount rate in Nigeria.

“About 27 million Nigerians fell headlong into poverty as a result of COVID-19,” he stated.

The International Labour Organisation (ILO) said about 225 million full-time equivalent working hours were wiped off globally in 2020 due to the virus. In all, ILO said 114 million jobs were lost temporarily while a further 33 million jobs were lost permanently.

NLC advised workers to be vigilant as vaccines begin to emerge to confront the damaging effects of the virus.

While calling for the democratisation of vaccines worldwide, NLC observed that nowhere is safe in the world if…

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