Data from the World Bank Poverty and Shared Prosperity report shows that Nigeria’s poverty level has further increased in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. More specifically, 79 million Nigerians live in extreme poverty, accounting for 20 percent of the people living in poverty in SSA. COVID-19 and its associated economic crisis are enabling factors of the high poverty headcount2. Data from COVID-19 phone surveys in Nigeria suggests that about 85 percent of households experienced higher food prices, with half reducing their food consumption as a coping strategy2. The upward trend in poverty is expected to continue owing to the difficulty in generating adequate broad-based economic growth, inability to create jobs, and high population growth rate. As a result, private sector innovativeness and talent should be fostered in way that creates new opportunities for young people. The government on the other hand should utilize the policy landscape to support the private sector and enforce population control measures.