The Kwara State Government has again reiterated its commitment and readiness to further support the poor and vulnerable in the State in the Second-Phase of the NG-CARE program with a target beneficiary of 39,114.
The NG-CARES Program is geared towards empowering individuals as well as businesses that were negatively affected by the Covid-19 pandemic in the State so as to alleviate poverty and boost the economic growth of the State.
The resolve of the State Government towards this end was disclosed by the Acting Chairman, State NG-CARES Steering Committee (SCSC) who is also the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Finance, Alhaji Abdulrazaq Folorunsho during the inception meeting with the team of Independent Verification Agents (IVA) lead by Mr. Abdurahman Baba Sulaiman, in Ilorin, the State Capital.
Alhaji Folorunsho disclosed that Kwara is one of the leading performers in the implementation of the NG-CARES program in the country adding that in the first phase implementation many vulnerable individuals were assisted while businesses that were facing collapse were resuscitated through the program.
He disclosed further that the NG-CARES Program, being a Program for Result, the World Bank reimbursed the State (for the results generated) to the tune of N3.154 billion naira for the first phase implementation which was verified in December 2022/January 2023. During the first phase of NG-CARES implementation, more than 39,000 individuals, households, and businesses benefitted from the NG-CARES program across the State.
In his remark, the State Coordinator of NG-CARES in Kwara State, Mr. Ibiyinka Olatunde while addressing the IVA team expressed his confidence that Kwara will perform better in the second phase implementation as precedence had already been set via the first phase implementation.
He added that the IVA will be given utmost support during the verification exercise of the State NG-CARES result, to ensure this, he stressed that all the five Technical Head of Delivery Platforms implementing NG-CARES Programme in the State will be readily available to provide the necessary documents and answer questions on grey areas to ensure a seamless and successful verification exercises.
Meanwhile, the IVA Team Lead, Mr. Abdurahman Baba Sulaiman in his remark appreciated the State CARES Steering Committee (SCSC) and the State CARES Coordinating Unit (SCCU) for the warm reception in the State.
He added that there is a cordial relationship between the State and the IVA noting that the team expect the Delivery Platforms to have done due diligence in the operation of their NG-CARES program as it was done in the first phase verification.