Kogi Govt. Releases #3bn to lift the poor, vulnerables out of poverty.
Treasure Ochemeje lokoja.
Kogi State Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello has disclosed that three billion naira (#3bn) have been captured in the 2021 budget and have been set aside as grant to lift the poor, vulnerables and small business holders out of poverty occasioned by the effect and impact of the covid 19 pandemic.
KG-CARES is a Kogi State Government version of NG-CARES Programme for results, aimed at mitigating the global effects of COVID-19 on the people and businesses in the State.
Declaring the training and the sensitization of the stakeholders on Kogi-Covid-19 Action Recovery Stimulus (CARES ) programme opened on Thursday in Lokoja, the Governor said although there is no covid 19 pandemic in the state , the multiplied effect on business, inflation and job losses called for Government intervention .
The Governor who was represented by the Secretary to the State Government Dr. Folashade Arike Ayoade assured the intended beneficiaries that the the three billion naira grant was not only budget but cash backed , saying that the money has already domiciled in the bank.
The Governor noted that fund as an intervention would be deployed to areas of health, education , agriculture, poverty eradication and provision of water to enhance the living standard of the masses.
The Governor added that small and medium business enterprises will be assisted to enable them grow and add value to the state’s economy.
He charged the Kogi State Community and Social Development Agency the implementing agency to ensure that the programme benefits the state, promise to block bureaucratic bottle-neck that could hinder the smooth implementation of the programme.
The NG-CARES focal person and State Commissioner for Finance , Budget and Economic Planning Asuwaju Ashiru Idris noted that the essence of KG-CARES is to mitigate the effects of the harsh economic environment caused by covid-19.
“With all the issues surrounding the pandemic , there is no doubt that, our people who were poor in 2019 have been made poorer in 2020 and, even a significant proportion that were not previously poor are now either poor or vulnerable” he said.
Earlier, the General Manager Kogi State Community and Social Development Agency Alhaji Momoh Dauda saddled with the responsibility of implementing the Kogi-CARES programme , said that the agency would not disappoint the government, saying the agency is battle ready to implement the programme.
The Obaro of Kabba Oba Dele Owoniyi in his goodwil message on behalf of other traditional rulers in the state, said if the plan to assist the poor and vulnerable in the state are pursued vigorously a lot of people at the grassroots will be uplifted out of poverty.
He commended the state governor for his development stride in the state, pledging the support of the traditional rulers to the policy and programmes of the Government.