By Adeniyi Adedeji, Ilorin
With the devastating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Kwara State governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, has inaugurated a committee to work out mitigating efforts on the citizens
The governor in Ilorin set up a seven-man committee on COVID-19 Action Recovery Economic Stimulus Programme for Results, CARES, aimed at mitigating the effects of COVID-19 pandemic on vulnerable groups, and medium and small-scale enterprises.
The committee, is a World Bank-backed initiative which the government is collaborating with.
Members of the committee include: the Commissioner for Finance and Planning/Team Lead, CARES, Oyeyemi Olasumbo Florence; Commissioner for Enterprise, Mr Femi Agbaje; Technical Assistant on Agriculture to the Governor, Mr Abdulqowiy A. Olododo and Senior Special Assistant on Non-Governmental Affairs, Oloruntoyosi Thomas
Others were: KWASSIP’s Anchor, Mohammed Brimah; Head of Irrigation/Water Resources, MARD, Dr Busari Toyin Isiaka; and acting State Project Coordinator, FADAMA, Adam Abdullahi.
Represented at the inauguration by the Finance Commissioner, Governor AbdulRazaq called for diligence and dedication while carrying out the assignment.
He added that the objective of the programme is to ensure protection of livelihood and food security for the poor and vulnerable families.
He said the programme also seeks to facilitate quick recovery of local economic activities through increasing cash transfers, food security and food supply chains for poor households, and enhance the capabilities of MSEs in the state.
The Nigeria CARES Programme is a World Bank-Assisted Programme for Results targeted at existing and newly vulnerable households, their food supply chains, and micro and small enterprises affected by the effects of COVID-19 pandemic.