Sokoto launches COVID-19 Action Recovery and releases N8.3 billion to 152,107 beneficiaries
Zamfara State Governor Dr. Bello Matawalle has launched the COVID-19 Action Recovery and Economic Stimulus Program (CARES) in the state.
The program was launched to directly support those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, especially the poor and vulnerable in the state.
The governor made this known on Wednesday in a statement from his press secretary, Jamilu Iliyasu Magaji.
The governor said the program would be achieved through social transfers, livelihood grants, the provision of basic infrastructure, support for small and medium enterprises and the maintenance of food security threatened by armed banditry and the general economic downturn.
He said N8.3 billion has been set aside to be distributed to 152,107 beneficiaries to enable their small and medium businesses to thrive.
He explained that the program would be implemented through three delivery platforms, namely: CSDA, FADAMA and the Ministry of Trade and Industry, in collaboration with the office of the First Lady of the State of Zamfara to solve the problem of malnutrition in the state.
Matawall added that “there is also a CARES coordinating office unit for the state. The services that CARES will provide to the common man in Zamfara State including livelihood grants of N3.4 billion, food security of N3.4 billion and job creation through small and medium enterprises of 2 billion naira”.
The communiqué further stated that in order to reach the target beneficiaries in all regions of the state, the program would be implemented in three phases of the first result area: increasing social transfers, basic services and support to livelihoods of poor and vulnerable households, targeting 82,321 beneficiaries.
“Similarly, the outcome area two component aims to increase food security and the safe functioning of food supply chains for poor households targeting 61,286 beneficiaries, while the outcome area three component of the program would facilitate recovery. micro and small informal enterprises, the phase will target 8,500 beneficiaries,” the governor said.
The governor said his administration considers it of the utmost importance to implement programs explicitly designed to alleviate poverty among the people and open up new economic horizons for young people and committed entrepreneurs.
According to him, the administration has worked hard over the past three years to address the problem of insecurity, which has long been a major impediment to economic activity in many parts of the state, in addition to massive investments. in primary, secondary and higher education, health care, road infrastructure, construction of cargo airports and a variety of other areas in order to turn around the fortunes of the state.
Matawall also reaffirmed his administration’s determination to place great importance on the well-being of individuals while trying to create an environment that allows legitimate businesses and other critical sectors of the economy to operate effectively.