Governor Badaru Abubakar of Jigawa state, has launched the COVID-19 action recovery and economic stimulus NG-Cares program in the state.
Governor Abubakar, said the program was to address the socio-economic disruptions and hardship caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, which, according to the World Bank, is likely to go up by some percentage points, while the number of extremely poor is likely to increase by 10 to 15 million by 2022.
The Governor who was represented by his Deputy Mallam Umar Namadi, said, the program, is being supported by the World Bank, federal government and the state government.
According to Namadi, the program will revitalize and expand access to sustainable livelihoods, as well as provide grants to vulnerable households and business owner.
He explained that the state government has injected the sum of N1b into the program to complement the N700m, so far released to the state, making a total of N1.7 billion.
” Today’s event is to symbolically launch the J-CARES grants disbursement and other support services to be provided under its various platforms,” Badaru.
Namadi, commended the members of the steering committee, the coordinating unit, and the various delivery platforms for ensuring the success of the program.
Reporting by Usman Mohd ; Editing by Chinasa Ossai & Julian Osamoto