United Nations agencies have predicted a grim picture of possible starvation of over 1.2 millions Nigerians in the Northern part of the country by August, 2021.
Two United Nations agencies also warned that millions of people in South Sudan and Yemen, also stood the risk of famine in the coming months.
“Urgent and targeted humanitarian action is needed to prevent hunger or death” in these areas, the agencies said in a joint report.
The three countries were among 20 “hunger hotspots” identified by the World Food Programme (WFP) and Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) where existing acute food insecurity risks deteriorating further by July.
A specific sub-group — Afghanistan, Burkina Faso, the Central African Republic, DR Congo, Ethiopia, Haiti, Honduras, Nigeria, Sudan, South Sudan, Syria, Yemen and Zimbabwe, are particularly at risk.
Parts of their populations are already experiencing “extreme depletion of livelihoods, insufficient food consumption and high acute malnutrition”, the joint report warned.
“In such fragile contexts, any further shocks could push a significant number of people over the brink and into destitution and even starvation”, it said.
In parts of Jonglei state in South Sudan, the UN agencies said famine was already occurring, and “urgent, at-scale action is now needed to stop likely widespread starvation and death”.
Overall in South Sudan, some 7.2 million people are expected to be in food crisis — with high malnutrition or just marginally meeting minimal food needs — from April to July.
Some 2.4 million people are classified as in an “emergency” situation, with 108,000 people in the agencies’ “catastrophe/famine” grouping.
Urgent action is also required to prevent further destitution in parts of Yemen, the report said, with the number of people in or nearly in famine estimated to triple from 16,000 last October-December to more than 47,000 this June.
Those facing acute food insecurity in Yemen will rise by three million, it said, to 16.2 million people, with five million in an emergency situation.
There was some improvement, last November, the UN agencies classed Burkina Faso as a fourth country at risk of famine alongside South Sudan, Yemen and northern Nigeria.
But the alert in Burkina Faso had slightly lowered for the coming months, after a good harvest and improved delivery of food assistance to remote and inaccessible areas.
Continued conflict in the zone, however, means the situation “remains very concerning.”
FG may merge NIWA with NPA, stop funding recurrent expenditure of MAN, ORON in a public service reform
Recommendations were made for 263 of the statutory agencies to collapse into 161, a merger of 52 agencies, and the outright expungement of 38 redundant agencies while returning 14 as sub-units In ministries.
Privatise Nigerian Communication Satellite.
The Nigerian Institute of Social and Economic Research is to be funded by a proposed National Research Development Fund.
National Board for Technical Education and the National Commission for Colleges of Education to morph into the Tertiary Education Commission.
The Federal Ministry of Environment and the Department of Petroleum Resources take over the National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency.
Cut the Directorate of Technical Cooperation in Africa.
Merger the National Council of Arts and Culture with the National Troupe of Nigeria and the National Theatre.
Close down the duplicating National Institute for Cultural Orientation.
Aftermath of subsidy removal: Nigerians to buy Petrol for N462 per litre. — NNPC
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The NNPC spokesman, in a statement, also defended the consumption rate disclosed by the NNPC, after the Customs Comptroller-General, Col. Hameed Ali (retd.) faulted the oil company’s claim.
” Daily Evacuation (Depot loadouts) records of the NMDPRA do carry daily oscillation ranging from as low as 4 million litres to as high as 100 million litres per day” he declared.
On petrol and its cost burden which the NNPC now bears, Mohammed said after oil marketing companies (OMCs) withdrew from PMS import in 2017, NNPC has been the sole supplier of petrol into the country.
In the statement, Muhammad explained that “rising crude oil prices and PMS supply costs above PPPRA (now NMDPRA) cap had forced oil marketing companies’ (OMCs) withdrawal from PMS import since the fourth quarter of 2017.
“In the light of these challenges, NNPC has remained the supplier of last resort and continues to transparently report the monthly PMS cost under-recoveries to the relevant authorities.
“NNPC limited also notes the average Q2, 2022 international market determined landing cost was US$1,283/MT and the approved marketing and distribution cost of A46/litre.
” This will continuously be adjusted by market and demand realities.
CBN rescues ailing airlines with $265 million to settle outstanding ticket sales
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has intervened in the brewing crisis in the aviation sector when on Friday, it released the sum of $265 million to airlines operating in the country, to settle outstanding ticket sales.
A breakdown of the figure indicates that the sum of $230 million was released as a special Forex intervention while another sum of $35 million was released through the Retail SMIS auction.
Confirming the release, the Director, Corporate Communications Department at the CBN, Mr. Osita Nwanisobi said the Governor, Godwin Emefiele and his team were concerned about the development and what it portends for the sector and travelers as well as the country in the comity of nations.
Mr. Nwanisobi reiterated that the Bank was not against any company repatriating its funds from the country, adding that what the Bank stood for was an orderly exit for those that might be interested in doing so.
With Friday’s release, it is expected that operators and travelers as well will heave huge sighs of relief, as some airlines had threatened to withdraw their services in the face suffocating business environment.
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