COVID-19: World Bank donates N100m to Kwara as support fund

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The Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) has doled out the sum of N100 million to Kwara State as part of the World Bank assisted funds gifted to Nigeria recently.

A statement by the Spokesman, Kwara State Technical Committee on COVID-19, Rafiu Ajakaye confirms this development, stating that Kwara passes the criteria used in the selection of beneficiary states.

The statement also revealed that Kwara is one of the few earliest states in Nigeria to benefit from the grant, which is geared at supporting states in their fight against the novel coronavirus.

Ajakaye wrote, “Kwara State Government has received N100m World Bank grant to strengthen its impressive showings in the management of the COVID-19, a statement said on Saturday, adding that the fund was channelled through the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) after the state had met certain criteria.

“The disbursement of the fund is part of the ongoing World Bank-assisted Regional Disease Surveillance System Enhancement (REDISSE) project, which is coordinated by the NCDC to bridge funding gap at the state levels for the implementation of the COVID-19 response and incidence action plan.

“Kwara is one of the first few states to receive the fund after it was certified fit for the financial support on account of its COVID-19 efforts.

”The REDISSE project is to implement critical and time sensitive priority activities related to the pandemic.”

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