To boost Local economies, the FCT Administration has commenced disbursement of the Nigeria COVID-19 Action Recovery and Economic Stimulus Programme (NG-CARES) funds to 14 benefitting communities in the Territory.
The (NG-CARES) funds is a World Bank intervention to cushion the negative economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on residents of the FCT and other participating states.
The FCTA, through its Community and Social Development Agency (CSDA) presented One hundred and forty-six million, four hundred and fifty-three thousand one hundred and three Naira (146,453,103.00)
cheques to the first batch of benefiting communities across the six Area councils.
Presenting the cheques to the benefitting communities, FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello said the FCTA was leveraging on the World Bank support targeted at improving the wellbeing of the citizenry.
The FCT Minister, represented by his Chief of Staff, Malam Bashir Mai-Bornu, hinted that the FCT-CSDA formulated 14 Community Development Plans (CDP) for projects, such as the rehabilitation of primary health care centers, drilling, rehabilitation and upgrading of boreholes as well as construction and rehabilitation of classrooms across the 6 Area Councils.
He explained that part of the funds was disbursed to the FCT FADAMA, Abuja Enterprise Agency (AEA), FCT Cash Transfer programme and FCT CSDA following an advance of N1.1 billion NG-CARES funds by the World Bank to the FCT Administration.
The Minister who commended those handling the disbursement, urged befitting communities to put the funds to good use.
“It is therefore imperative that the direct beneficiaries not only utilize them effectively but also ensure their functionality by owning and protecting them.I therefore call on traditional and community leaders to…instill in the people this sense of ownership in ensuring that
they achieve the set target ‘
Earlier, the Secretary, EPRG and PPP, Lukman Agboola Dabiri, explained that the selection of structural projects, was done based on needs assessment of each Area Council and areas they requested for interventions.
On his part, the Ona of Abaji, Alhaji Baba- Yunusa represented by Etsu of Kwali, Alhaji (Dr) Audu Shaban Nizazo III who described the implementation of the initiative as a step in the right direction, prayed for the sustainability of the Programme.
By Remi Johnson