15 January 2021 by Ohikwo Muhammad
In an effort to ensure seamless implementation of the Nigeria Covid-19 Action Recovery For Economic Stimulus, NG CARES programme in Kogi State, a training has been held for Stakeholders to ensure its success when the programme takes off in the state.
The NG CARES programme which will see each of the 36 states of the Federation receiving $20 million World Bank loan through the Federal Government is aimed at providing relief to vulnerable Nigerians, small holder farmers and SMEs that were adversely affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.
The sensitization is therefore key in preparing the stakeholders on what to expect when the programme kicks off in the state.
One of the agencies that would be responsible for implementation of the CARES initiative is the Kogi State Community and Social Development Project, KCSDA with the General Manager, Alhaji Momoh Dauda explaining the areas of its intervention to include health, education, water and nutrition.
Mallam Dauda noted that the agency was technically prepared to ensure proper implementation of the programme as it had vigorously handled such intervention projects across the state.
National Coordinator, Community Development Project, Alhaji Abdulkarim Obaje represented by Head, Monitoring, Federal Project Support Unit, Mr Niyi Oduneye reiterated the need for the state to take full advantage of the initiative through result oriented performance.
Mr Oduneye cautioned against unnecessary bureaucratic bottlenecks that could delay disbursement of the funds.
Declaring the sensitization open, Kogi State Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello represented by Secretary to the State Government, Mrs Folashade Ayoade said the state would cashback and ensure prompt disbursement of the sum of $3 billion for the vulnerable and poor through the KOGI CARES programme of the state to further stimulate the economy.
In an opening remark, Kogi State Focal Person for NG CARES and the state Commissioner for Finance, Budget and Economic Planning, Ashiru Idris assured that the programme would record a huge success in the state giving its performance and ratings in recent times.
In a goodwill message, Obaaro of Kabba, Oba Dele Solomon Owoniyi called on government to adhere to the development objectives of the recovery plan.
Other implementing agencies including the Kogi State Enterprise Development Agency, KEDA, Cash Transfer Unit, Kogi FADAMA and State Public Works expressed readiness in ensuring all round implementation of the programme.