Kwara State Governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has released the sum of N76 million for the commencement of the Nigeria COVID-19 Action Recovery and Economic Stimulus (NG-CARES) projects in the state.
Permanent Secretary, State Ministry of Finance and Planning, Alhaji AbdulRasaq Folorunsho made this revelation on Tuesday at the inaugural Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA) exercise in Bode Saadu community of Moro local government.
Alhaji Folorunsho explained that the operational amount of the programme is seven hundred and fifty million dollars, and would run for two years to financially support all the thirty-six (36) states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory.
In her welcome address at the inaugural event, General Manager, State Community and Social Development Agency, Engr. Amamat Oluwatoyin Haruna said the NG-CARES is designed to cushion the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic, boost the development strides of the state and further strengthen the gains of pro-poor policies of the state government.
“The NG-CARES is designed to support budgeted government interventions at the state level, while targeting existing and newly vulnerable and poor households, agricultural value chains, micro, small and medium enterprises that were affected by the economic crisis as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic,” she noted.
“Having said this, I would like to congratulate the good people of Bode Saadu community for being part of history today, as your community is the first to kick start the process of NG-CARES implementation with this Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA) exercise.
“This feat could not have been achieved without the benevolence of the people’s Governor, Mallam AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, who released the sum of N76million to KWCSDA-NGCARES to commence the project in the state, even before it’s official effectiveness.”
Engr Amamat thanked the Governor AbdulRazaq for his commitment to poverty alleviation in the state.