25 May 2021 By Josiah Buzun
Governor Simon Lalong of Plataeau State has inaugurated a Steering Committee to supervise implementation of the World Bank funded COVID 19 Action Economic Stimulus Program for better results in the State.
Speaking at the event held at the Government House Jos, the Governor said Plateau State is fully ready to participate in the program and has fulfilled the requirements to access $20 million dollars from the $750 million dollars granted to the Federal Government to address the negative consequences of Covid-19 on the economy.
He said Covid-19 had severely affected the lives of citizens, the State and exposed poor and vulnerable households to challenges in multiple fronts.
These according to him include job losses, losses in business incomes, food insecurity and general inability to obtain basic services for day to day living which had worsened by the drastic fall in Government revenues.
Lalong said the programme was commendable as it would assist the State to mitigate the impact of the pandemic noting that the state opted to implement all the three Result Areas of the programme because of their expected social intervention impacts on the economy.
The Governor said over 60,129 citizens of Plateau State are expected to benefit from the project which has the potential of transforming the State economy.
Among other things, the Steering Committee would be responsible for providing oversight direction to the implementing agencies, approving their work plans and budgets, ensuring that funds are released to delivery platforms in accordance with the funds flow agreement as well as ensuring full compliance with the Program Appraisal Document.
Lalong also warned that his administration would not tolerate failure as he would personally monitor their activities to ensure that the State gets maximum benefit from its participation, warning that any act of non-performance or sabotage would not be tolerated in this program.
Chairman of the ten man Committee and State Commissioner for Budget and Economic Planning Mr. Sylvester Wallangko while responding on behalf of other members said they will put in their best to achieve the objectives of the programme.