Capacity Building Workshop On COVID-19 Action Recovering And Economic Recovery Stimulus Ends In Awka

A one-day capacity building workshop for the Anambra State COVID-19 Action Recovery and Economic Stimulus has ended with a call for all hands to be on deck in mitigating the adverse effects of the pandemic.
The workshop organised for the An-CARES Steering committee members was aimed at getting members familiar with the programm ee, to financing framework and implementation structures.
Declaring the workshop open in Awka, the State Commissioner for Economic Planning, Budget and Development Partners, Mr Mark Okoye said that COVID-19 pandemic adversely affected and continues to affect livelihoods and economic activities in the State, and to mitigate the effects, the Federal Government, with the support of the World Bank, established the COVID-19 Action Recovery And Economic Stimulus, NG-CARES, to support budgeted programme of expenditures and intervention at the State level, targeting existing and newly emerging vulnerable and poor households, agricultural value chains and micro and small enterprises affected by the economic crisis.
Mr Okoye commended Governor Willie Obiano for giving approval for the State level Steering committee to provide oversight and policy guidance for the programme implementation and operations, urging participate to take advantage of the opportunity.
On his part, the Commissioner for Agriculture, Mr Nnamdi Onukwuba said the workshop came at the right time, as processes are being started to access the twenty million dollars due for the State, which will mitigate the effects of COVID-19 to the vulnerable people, noting that his ministry is championing agriculture and food security, and will use FADAMA platform to drive the processes.
The Traditional Ruler Uke community, Igwe Charles Agbala, noted that with the composition of the steering committee and various arms that are involved in the programme, it will achieve positive results.
For the Managing Director, Anambra State Road Maintenance Agency, Engineer Emeka Okoye, the training became necessary in order to fully understand the objectives of the programme and roles to play in actualizing them, stating that his agency will focus more on roads leading to farm lands and business areas in rural and hinterlands.
Mr Chinaka Chukwuma of Development Measures, while giving an overview of the NG-CARES programme for result, said the beneficiaries are to be sourced from State Social Register, farmers register and other State registers built in line with the key performance indicators, while implementation leverages on extant State structures and institutions.

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