About sixty thousand people in Anambra State would benefit from the Nigeria COVID-19 Action Recovery and Economic Stimulus, NG-CARES, programme expected to commence soon in the State.
The programme, designed by the Federal Government and the World Bank, was put together to help cushion the harsh impact of COVID-19 pandemic on the county’s economy.
Anambra State Commissioner for Economic Planning, Budget and Development Partners, Mr Mark Okoye, disclosed this shortly after receiving an assessment and advisory team led by Dr Martina Nwodu, a Director in the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment.
He noted that during the pandemic, eight to ten million people were put into abject poverty, leading to increase in unemployment and poverty rates, as well as loss of people’s means of livelihood across the country.
The Commissioner maintained that there will be at least eight thousand beneficiaries from the food security and productivity aspect, twenty thousand farmers and youths, from the Small and Meduim Enterprises, adding that over fifty to sixty thousand people will benefit coming years.