Over Three Thousands vulnerable households across the Twenty-Three Local Government Areas of Benue State are selected to benefit from the Nigeria Covid-19 Action Recovery and Economic Stimulus (NG-CARES) to cushion the effect of the Pandemic on the poor and vulnerable in the State.
The State Commissioner for Finance, Dr David Olofu, who disclosed this in Makurdi during the flag- off-off sensitization meeting organised by Community and Social Development Programme (CSDP) and other implementing partners like FADAMA, State Cash Transfer Unit, among others said that the programme would commence in June 2021 to terminate in December 2023.
Represented by the Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism Hon Ngunan Addingi, informed that NG-CARES is a programme that is result oriented and is it supported by the World Bank with specific objective of cushioning the impact of covid-19 pandemic on the livelihoods of the poor and vulnerable households
“It will also cushion the effect on covid-19 on micro enterprises in the country by expanding access to livelihood support, food security services and grants for poor and most vulnerable households and firms”
“To achieve these results, the programme is expected to strengthen existing structures and create opportunities for complementarity and synergy among the implementing entities from the State to the local government levels,” he said.
Earlier the General Manager, CSDP, Engr James Aboho, who lamented a situation where most beneficiaries of Goverment interventions abuse it saying, this will not be business as usual because all the beneficiaries will be assessed in 6 Months.
While calling on the LG Chairmen, Traditional rulers and all stakeholders involved in the programme especially at the grassroot to ensure the sensitization and enlightenment of their subject through massive Campaigns and awareness creation of what is involved to engage in the programme Aboho said the programme must be result oriented
This Programme is also targeting agricultural value chains and Micro and Small Enterprises (MSEs) that are affected by COVID-19 and economic downturn, It is designed to also restore the livelihoods of the poor and vulnerable, maintaining food security and facilitating recovery of MSEs,”