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Covid-19 causes 'huge job losses' in Nigeria

Beneficiaries show their meal tickets after collecting their palliatives by the Lagos Food Bnak at Ikotun Egbe, in Alimosho Community area of Lagos State on June 7, 2020
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Many Nigerians have been forced to rely on food aid
A total of 42% people surveyed in Nigeria have reported losing their jobs during the coronavirus pandemic, while 79% reported a loss in income, the World Bank has said.
In Ethiopia, 45% of urban households and 55% of rural households contacted through a phone survey reported income losses because of the outbreak, it added.
Nigeria has the biggest population in Africa (about 190 million) and Ethiopia the second-biggest (about 102 million).
"The shocks caused by the pandemic might send between 13 and 50 million people into extreme poverty in Sub-Saharan Africa," the World Bank warned.

Cameroon halts logging plans

Killian Ngala
BBC News, Yaoundé
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Ebo forest is home to elephants and a species of rare gorilla (file photo)
Plans to allow industrial logging in one of central Africa's last intact forests have been halted, in a move welcomed by environmental campaigners.
Ebo forest in south-western Cameroon is home to 40 Banen communities and numerous endangered wildlife species - including western gorillas, chimpanzees, forest elephants, grey parrots and large frogs.
Experts say forests also play a critical role in the absorption of CO2 from the atmosphere.
On Tuesday Cameroon's government formally announced it was cancelling a previous decree that would have allowed timber extraction across nearly half of the 150,000-hectare forest.
Greenpeace responded on Thursday, saying the suspension of logging operations must be the first step towards protecting the lives of Ebo's residents. It has vowed to keep campaigning, along with its partner Rainforest Rescue.
But a government official told the BBC that the forest will eventually be reclassified either as a logging concession or as a protected forest.
"The present statement will not last long," said Cameroon's Ministry of Forestry and Wildlife Communications Director Jean Robert Onana.
"Classification is a normal procedure and a legal procedure. If we don’t classify this forest, it is subject to poaching or illegal logging."
He added that Cameroon is conscious of the need for environmental conservation, pointing to the fact that 30% of the national territory is under conservation.

Foreign-owned retail shops shut in Ghana's capital

Thomas Naadi
BBC News, Accra
A total of 46 foreign-owned retail shops have been shut in Ghana’s capital, Accra, because they were trading illegally, the Ministry of Trade and Industry has said.
Ghanaian law bars foreigners from engaging in retail business and the authorities have come under pressure to enforce it.
Last year, traders believed to be members of the Ghana Union of Traders Association (Guta) forcibly locked up foreign-owned shops belonging to Nigerians and Chinese residents in parts of the country.
The Nigerian Union of Traders Association in Ghana says about 80% of Nigerian-owned businesses in the country are licensed.
Ghanaian law allows foreigners to engage in non-retail business.
Boris Johnson on coronavirus quarantine rules
Britain must be prepared to step up quarantine rules even on “closest and dearest" global partners to stop the virus spreading, says the PM.

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