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Governor Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe State Commisionned CSDP projects

Governor Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe State Commisionned CSDP projects

Governor Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe State have Commisionned Jekadafari Health Care Centre at Gombe Local Government

Governor Inuwa yahaya, Deputy Govenor, other dignitories during commissioning of Jekadafari Health care Centre

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Construction of Skill acquisition centre for Women group

Construction of Skill acquisition centre for Women group

Construction of Skill acquisition centre for Women group 

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Construction of Skill acquisition centre for Vulnerable group

Construction of Skill acquisition centre for Vulnerable group

Construction of Skill acquisition centre for Vulnerable group 

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Construction a Block of 2 Classrooms, Office, Store and Furniture

Construction a Block of 2 Classrooms, Office, Store and Furniture

Construction a Block of 2 Classrooms, Office, Store and Furniture at Barwo Community in Nafada Local Government Area, to minimize travelling long distance to have quality education. The Gombe State Agency for Community and Social Development Projects contributed the sum of N 4,158,945.00 while the community contributed the sum of N 462,105.00 and the total cost of the project is N 4,621,050.00.The community has also promised to provide a sound atmosphere as a sign of goodwill and community support for the project.

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Construction of Examination Hall

Construction of Examination Hall

The student in Burak Community has to travel more than 11 kilometres to write their final examination due to lack of examination

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CSDP Concludes Environmental and Social SafeGuard Training (ESSG)

CSDP Concludes Environmental and Social SafeGuard Training (ESSG) 20 April 2020

CSDP Concludes Environmental and Social SafeGuard Training (ESSG)

To build the capacity of staff on environmental and social safeguards

The Federal Project Support Unit (FPSU) of the Community and Social Development Project (CSDP) carried out a workshop to build the capacity of staff on environmental and social safeguards. The workshop was carried out between 16th and 21st of March, 2020 and the participants were divided into 2 batches

FPSU Switches to Fiber Optics

FPSU Switches to Fiber Optics 12 May 2020

FPSU Switches to Fiber Optics

Another Giant Stride by the National Coordinator

The National Coordinator of CSDP, Dr. Abdulkarim Obaje, in his bid to face the new technology realities posed by the Novel COVID-19 Pandemic, has initiated a Fiber Optics Internet in the entire Federal Project Support Unit of CSDP, which now gives a clear and fast internet connection sufficient for hosting Virtual Meetings, live Webinars, online Monitoring and Evaluation and even Interviews.

CSDP in Readiness as COVID 19 initiates Community Transmission

CSDP in Readiness as COVID 19 initiates Community Transmission 16 May 2020

CSDP in Readiness as COVID 19 initiates Community Transmission

State Agencies trained in various Mitigation and Preparedness Procedures

Towards the race against time, to prevent the ongoing COVID 19 Pandemic from making its was into the Vulnerable communities, CSDP has strategized on how best to tackle the Psychosocial component of Disaster Management at the Poor and Vulnerable level in the Communities.

CSDP PARTNERS NAPTIP on Psychosocial Assistance

CSDP PARTNERS NAPTIP on Psychosocial Assistance 17 May 2020

CSDP PARTNERS NAPTIP on Psychosocial Assistance

Deployment of helplines in the state agencies to provide psychosocial support on COVID-19 and other crisis

The Community and Social Development Project (CSDP) is partnering with the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) to provide technical assistance on psychosocial support at community level.

CSDP Ahead of the Curve in Fighting COVID-19

CSDP Ahead of the Curve in Fighting COVID-19 29 May 2020

CSDP Ahead of the Curve in Fighting COVID-19

The aim is to reduce the pandemic’s life span in Nigeria. BY SULEIMAN ODAPU

At times of emergencies, national assets are mobilized to be part of collective struggle to tackle various crises, this President Muhammadu Buhari knows very well, thus his call for the mobilization of National assets to contain the novel Corona Virus or COVID -19 was loud. At the drop of the hat, the National Coordinator of Community and Social Development Project (CSDP), Dr Abdulkarim Obaje swung into action. He mobilized the CSDP human and material resources for this national assignment with tripartite impact; local, national, and global. The aim is to reduce the pandemic’s life span in Nigeria

CSDP host Online WebEx Meeting for the Draft CDD Policy Review

CSDP host Online WebEx Meeting for the Draft CDD Policy Review 1 June 2020

CSDP host Online WebEx Meeting for the Draft CDD Policy Review

Promoting Community Driven Development approach in Nigeria

Due to the lockdown, a virtual meeting has just been concluded as regards the Draft Community Driven Development (CDD) Policy Review Document. 
The meeting was held at about 12:30pm on the 1st of June, 2020

World Bank Post COVID-19 Intervention Grant: AKSG Inaugurates Committee

World Bank Post COVID-19 Intervention Grant: AKSG Inaugurates Committee 9 June 2020

World Bank Post COVID-19 Intervention Grant: AKSG Inaugurates Committee

Akwa Ibom State COVID-19 Action Recovery and Economic Stimulus Programme (State CARES)

Akwa Ibom State COVID-19 Action Recovery and Economic Stimulus Programme (State CARES) for Nigeria COVID-19 Action Recovery and Economic Stimulus Programme (NIGERIA CARES) has been inaugurated.

Inaugurating the Committee, the Chairman of COVID-19 Management Committee and Secretary to the State Government, Dr Emmanuel Ekuwem, said the Committee is expected to work out modalities that will enable the State benefit from the World Bank's  Post COVID-19 intervention programmes  as directed by the National Economic Council. 

Nasarawa CSDA applauds communities for patronage

Nasarawa CSDA applauds communities for patronage 9 June 2020

Nasarawa CSDA applauds communities for patronage

The Nasarawa State Community and Social Development Agency has commended Communities in the World Bank captured Local Government Councils for their patronage in the last 10 Years.

The Nasarawa State Community and Social Development Agency has commended Communities in the World Bank captured Local Government Councils for their patronage in the last 10 Years.

General Manager of the Agency, Ahmed Saidu Ishaq gave the commendation during an interview, shortly after declaring open a one day sensitization workshop for LGAs, LGARCS (MDAs) Desk Officers on Monday at De Crown Hotel Lafia, the State Capital.

Head of Operations of CSDP in Nassarawa State on a Fiduciary Resolution Visit

Head of Operations of CSDP in Nassarawa State on a Fiduciary Resolution Visit 9 June 2020

Head of Operations of CSDP in Nassarawa State on a Fiduciary Resolution Visit

FPSU Verification team lead by CSDP Head of Operations Mr. Adewale Fabowale, Head of Admin, Mrs. Gadzama Fati and Projects Finance Officer, Mrs. Zubair Ramat

Nassarawa State Community and State Development Agency (CSDA), General Manager Ahmed  Saidu Ey-Shaa received the Head of Operations and his team from the Federal Project Support Unit, the headquaters of CSDP, the Head of Operations   Mr. Adewale Fabowale, followed by the Head of Admin, Mrs. Gadzama Fati and Projects Finance Officer, Mrs. Zubair Ramat  met with the Staff of the NSCSDA.

Other staff of NSCSDA on hand to receive the team from the Headquaters were Operation Manager, Hajiya Maimuna Usman, Finance and Admin Manager, Abdullahi O. Yahaya and Monitory and Evaluation Manager, Dr. Dahiru M. Kabiru during the briefing.

Gombe Govt provides N600m for community projects

Gombe Govt provides N600m for community projects 10 June 2020

Gombe Govt provides N600m for community projects

To implement 256 micro projects of critical needs.

The Gombe State Government has provided N600 million to communities and groups in the state to implement 256 micro projects of critical needs.

Alhaji Abubakar Kumo, General Manager of the Gombe State Agency for Community and Social Development (GMCSDA), disclosed this in an interview with newsmen in Gombe on Wednesday.

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Ekiti CSDA hands over new Hilux van to State CARES Coordinating Unit

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The Ekiti State Community and Social Development Agency, EKCSDA has handed over a new Hilux Van procured by the Federal Project Support Unit of CSDP to the State CARES Coordinating Unit.

The Ag. General Manager of the Agency while presenting the key and other documents of the vehicle to the State Coordinator of CARES programs, Mrs. Bukola Ogunlade, said the vehicle was meant primarily for operational purposes, and to assist the coordinating unit of CARES to effectively monitor and coordinate the activities of all the delivery platforms of the project in Ekiti State. 

In his earlier remarks, the Board Chairman of EKCSDA, Chief Biodun Akin-Fasae, urged the State CARES Coordinating Unit to judiciously use the vehicle for the purpose it was meant for. He specifically charged the State CARES Coordinator to maintain the vehicle regularly to give optimum operational performance on-field activities.

The State Commissioner for Budget and Economic Planning, who is also the Chairman of the State CARES Steering Committee, Mr. Femi Ajayi, thanked Governor Kayode Fayemi for keying into most of the World Bank-assisted Programmes aimed at bettering the lives of Ekiti people. He said with all the facilities and enabling environment already put in place by the State Government, the take-off of the CARES project in Ekiti would be as smooth and resentful as possible. 

Mrs. Ogunlade who later drove the vehicle for testing promised to deliver her duty as expected, and to the best of her ability, and the satisfaction of all the key stakeholders of the project.

The State CARES Programme is a jointly developed, World Bank Supported Programme aimed at mitigating the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on the socio-economic well-being of our people.  It was designed to support budgeted government interventions at the state level—targeting existing and newly vulnerable and poor households, farmers, artisans, and micro and small enterprises (MSEs) affected by the economic crisis occasioned by the pandemic. 

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SPEECH BY HIS EXCELLENCY, MUHAMMADU BUHARI, PRESIDENT AND COMMANDER IN CHIEF OF THE ARMED FORCES FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA ON THE OCCASION OF COMMEMORATION AND CELEBRATION OF DEMOCRACY DAY ON 12TH J

to commemorate and celebrate of Democracy Day, 12th June, 2021

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Fellow Nigerians,

I join you all today to commemorate and celebrate our Democracy Day. It is a celebration of freedom and a victory for one people, one country and one Nigeria.

As with all democracies we will always be going through improvement processes in our desire to reach the goal of a mature democracy, a strong, evolved and integrated nation-state to be reckoned with globally.

In the last two years we have witnessed and overcome a good number of testy challenges that would have destroyed other nations especially relating to our collective security.

The indefatigable CAN DO Spirit of the Nigerian has sustained us and would keep pushing us to put these challenges behind us.

Unfortunately some of these challenges came in the shape of violent outrages leading to the loss of lives of many of our dear compatriots and the destruction of some of our infrastructure, including those devoted to improving our democratic processes.

Once again, I want to render my sincere and heartfelt condolences to the families and friends of our gallant servicemen and women who lost their lives in the line of duty and as a sacrifice to keep Nigeria safe.

I extend the same condolence to the families and friends of our countrymen, women and children who were unfortunate victims of such senseless arsons, kidnappings and murders.

I also share the pains of families and direct victims of ransom-seeking, kidnapped victims who went through unimaginable trauma in the course of their forced imprisonment.

Let me assure my fellow citizens that every incident, however minor gives me great worry and concern and I immediately order security agencies to swiftly but safely rescue victims and bring perpetrators to justice.
Fellow Nigerians,

When you elected me as your President in 2015, you did so knowing that I will put an end to the growing insecurity, especially the insurgency in the North East, but the unintended consequences of our scattering them in the North East pushed them further in-country which is what we are now facing and dealing with.

We will, by the Grace of God put an end to these challenges too.

Unfortunately, like in most conflict situations, some Nigerian criminals are taking undue advantage of a difficult situation and profiteering therefrom with the misguided belief that adherence to the democratic norms handicaps this Administration from frontally and decisively tackling them.

We are already addressing these obstacles and we will soon bring some of these culprits to justice.

We are, at the same time addressing the twin underlying drivers of insecurity namely poverty and youth unemployment.

Interventions led by the government and the Central Bank of Nigeria driving economic growth over the past 6 years are targeted mostly to the agricultural, services, infrastructure, power and health care sectors of the economy.

In the Agricultural sector, for instance, the Anchor Borrowers Programme resulted in sharp decline in the nation’s major food import bill from $2.23billion in 2014 to US$0.59billion by the end of 2018.

Rice import bill alone dropped from $1 billion to $18.5 million annually.

This initiative supported local production of rice, maize, cotton and cassava. The government financed 2.5 million small-holder farmers cultivating about 3.2 million hectares of farmland all over the country and created 10 million direct and indirect jobs.

Several other initiatives, namely AgriBusiness/Small and Medium Enterprise Investment Scheme, the Non-oil Export stimulation Facility, the Targeted Credit Facilities operated across the 774 Local Governments.

In the manufacturing sector the CBN – BOI N200 billion facility financed the establishment and operations of 60 new industrial hubs across the country, creating an estimated 890,000 direct and indirect jobs.

The CBN’s N50 billion Textile Sector intervention Facility increased capacity utilization of ginneries from 30% to nearly 90%.

The Economic Sustainability Plan – our rebound plan for the COVID-19 pandemic developed in 2020 is currently being executed. The plan is primarily focused on the non-oil sector, which has recorded phenomenal growth contributing over 90% to the GDP growth in Q1 2021.

Though marginal we have recorded GDP growth over two quarters; Q2 2020 and Q1 2021. This is evidence of a successful execution of the ESP by the Federal Government.

My vision of pulling 100 million poor Nigerians out of poverty in 10 years has been put into action and can be seen in the National Social Investment Programme, a first in Africa and one of the largest in the world where over 32.6m beneficiaries are taking part. We now have a National Social register of poor and vulnerable households, identified across 708 local government areas, 8,723 wards and 86,610 communities in the 36 States and the FCT.

Our conditional cash transfer program has benefited over 1.6 million poor and vulnerable households comprising more than 8 million individuals. This provides a monthly stipend of N10,000 per household.

I have also recently approved the National Poverty Reduction with Growth Strategy Plan that augments existing plans to further reduce poverty in Nigeria.

As at the end of 2020, the Development Bank of Nigeria had disbursed 324 billion Naira in loans to more than 136,000 MSMEs, through 40 participating Financial Institutions. I am to note that 57% of these beneficiaries are women while 27% are the youth.

We are able to do all these and still accelerate our infrastructure development through sensible and transparent borrowing, improved capital inflow, improving and increasing revenue through capturing more tax bases and prudent management of investment proceeds in the Sovereign Wealth Fund.

Fellow Nigerians, our infrastructure revolution continues with key projects attaining critical milestones under the Presidential Infrastructure Development Fund; The Second Niger Bridge, The Lagos- Ibadan Expressway and the Abuja-Kaduna-Zaria-Kano Expressway.

I have also approved the establishment of Infraco Plc, a world-class infrastructure development vehicle wholly focused on Nigeria with a capital structure of N15 trillion.

The rail system is not left out as the Itakpe-Warri standard gauge rail was completed and commissioned 33 years after construction began. The Lagos-Ibadan double track railway line which I have just commissioned has commenced operations.

We are focused on ensuring that our infrastructure drive is key to economic growth and one that can be felt by every Nigerian. Building critical infrastructure in our ports is also opening up opportunities for the Nigerian economy.

My approval for 4 new seaports using a Public-Private-Partnership approach is hinged on growing the Nigerian economy. These four sea ports; Lekki Deep Sea Port, Bonny Deep Sea Port, Ibom Deep Sea Port and Warri Deep Sea port will create massive job opportunities and foreign investment inflows.

We have worked at deepening our Eastern ports leading to success like having three container ships berth at Calabar port, a first in 11 years. Similarly, on October 30 2019, an LPG tanker operated by NLNG berthed in Port Harcourt, the first time an LPG ship is berthing at any of the Eastern Ports.

As we invest in these new assets, we have also made strides in ensuring that they are secured and protected. In this regard I am also pleased to note the launch of the NIMASA Deep Blue project – which is an Integrated National Security and Waterways Protection Infrastructure that I recently commissioned. This initiative is designed to add to the layer of security we have to safeguard our maritime sector.

Dear Nigerians, I will be the first to admit that in spite of our efforts and achievements which are there for all to see, there is still much more to be done and we are doing our best in the face of scarce resources and galloping population growth rate that consistently outstrips our capacity to provide jobs for our populace. Our over-all economic target of lifting 100 million Nigerians out of poverty in 10 years is our goal notwithstanding COVID-19.

In the last two years we lifted 10.5 million people out of poverty – farmers, small-scale traders, artisans, market women and the like.

I am very convinced that this 100 million target can be met and this informed the development of a National poverty Reduction with Growth Strategy. The specific details of this accelerated strategy will be unveiled shortly.

In the last one year, Nigeria and the whole world faced COVID-19 for which no one was fully prepared.

Our response to the pandemic involved making hard choices in balancing livelihoods and public health concerns. You are all living witnesses to how successful this has been due to a number of pro-active measures put in place. Our response to COVID-19 is globally acclaimed.

We were able to ensure that the various lockdown measures did not impact too negatively on the ability of ordinary Nigerians to continue sustaining their livelihoods.

During the pandemic, we disbursed N5,000 to 1 million Nigerians using a Rapid Response Register and advanced N20,000 to 750,000 beneficiaries of the Conditional Cash Transfer Progamme and provided 1.37 million Nigerians with palliatives from CACOVID.

At the same time the Federal Government released 109,000 metric tonnes of food reserve stocks and 70,000 metric tonnes of grains to the poor and vulnerable in all 36 states of the federation.

In addition, Government reduced interest rates from 9% to 5% for struggling businesses and extended credit facilities to 548,345 beneficiaries.

Fellow Nigerians, when this administration decided to change our Democracy Day from 29th May to June 12th in my first tenure, it was not only to honour the sacrifices of the men and women of our country who fought for the return to democracy but also to demonstrate our commitment to satisfy the aspirations of the people and creating an environment for democracy to be an accepted way of life.

As your President, I remain committed to providing an enabling environment for a free, fair and credible electoral system under my tenure.

However, you need to play your part by getting involved at any level you can supporting a democratic system that works for all and not for a section or a select few and demand accountability from your elected leaders.

My commitment to bequeathing a sustainable democratic culture remains resolute, my pursuit of a fair society remains unshaken and my desire to see that Nigeria remains a country for each and every one of us has never been stronger.

In responding to the challenges that this period imposes on us, Government also recognises the need to acknowledge notions of marginalisation and agitations for constitutional amendments among various segments of our population.

While this government is not averse to constitutional reform as part of our nation building process, everyone must understand that the primary responsibility for constitutional amendments lies with the National Assembly.

This body which, as I said, is the arm of government responsible for constitutional changes has concluded the preliminary stages of amending and improving our constitution in a way that the majority of Nigerians will be happy with.

Government is, however, willing to play a critical role in the constitutional amendment process without usurping the powers of the National Assembly in this regard.

As a nation we have come very far from where we started and we are getting incrementally closer to where we ought to be.

Overcoming the present challenges is but one of a necessary process that we have to undergo as a nation so that we can come out stronger. The day I joined the Nigerian Army I was prepared to lay down my life for Nigeria.

As your President I remain ever committed to upholding and defending Nigeria’s Corporate existence.

In adhering to the Fundamental Objectives and Directive Principles of State Policy notably section 14(2)(b) I shall do all within my power to ensure that the Security and welfare of the people remain the primary purpose of government.

I have, throughout my tenure, provided the security agencies with all they require relative to available resources and will be providing more as the dynamics unfold to put an end to our security problems.

My strong belief in the Nigerian spirit gives me comfort that we are facing these challenges with renewed commitment to keep our country one.

I thank you for your patience and attention and more importantly your resolve to join hands in making Nigeria the country of our dream.

Happy Democracy Day! God Bless us All, God Bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

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BENUE STATE: PRESS RELEASE

...Meeting of Stakeholders for the Domestication of the Benue State COVID-19 Action Recovery and Economic Stimulus (BN-CARES) Programme Operations Manual.

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The Benue State commissioner for Finance and Economic Planning Hon David olofu today charged stakeholders of the State CARES programme to remain focused and determined to ensure that with the domestication of the operation’s manual, the state’s $20million Dollars which is to cushion the impact of Covid-19 pandemic and expand access to livelihood support, food security and services, and grants for poor and most vulnerable households is put to judicious use.

Hon. Olofu stated this in Makurdi at the meeting of stakeholders for the domestication of the Benue Sate Covid -19 Action Recovery and Economic Stimulus (BN-CARES) programme operations manual. He noted that the document is approved standard procedures for performing operations safely to produce desired results.

Speaking onbehalf of the Director-General Benue Planning Commission Dr Sam Unom, the warehouse of the programme, the Secretary of the steering committee, who is also the State Coordinator of the programme, Mrs Iember Dagi, noted that the bringing together of all stakeholders during the domestication was to ensure that every one was carried along to arrive at a successful implementation.

Also speaking, the General manager of CSDA Engr. James Aboho and leaders of  other implementing units, said, all the units are ready to implement the programme in the three result  areas.

Responding on behalf of the stakeholders,Prof. Saasongo Nongo of the Dept. of Business Management, Benue State University and Mrs Cecilia Kyaagba, Chairman BENGONET all applauded this The Federal and state Governments initiative in collaboration with the World Bank to support the states in their efforts to mitigate the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the livelihoods of poor and vulnerable households and micro-enterprises in the country. Adding that they were fully ready to utilize the manual to the benefit of the organisations they represent.

Present at the meeting were: The Hon. Commissioners for Agriculture, Industry and Cooperatives,Health & Human services, Finance & Economic planning, Water resources,Youth & sports, other stakeholders were: state Algon Chairman, BENGONET,the Academia among others.

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BORNO Communities/ Groups Prioritize Education

Borno CSDP is intervening in 13 Local Government Areas in the state and has implemented 341 micro projects.

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The deficit in classrooms because of insurgency is receiving attention as communities and groups benefiting from the Borno State Community and Social Development Agency are prioritizing education in the implementation of their micro projects. General Manager of Borno CSDA, Ciroma Usman has stated. 


Ciroma said most communities and groups prioritized education, with building of conducive classrooms, renovation of classrooms, VIP toilets, provision of furniture, instructional materials and equipping of Laboratories. In Gasi community of Shani Local Government Area of Borno State for example, the CSDA assisted the community with classrooms which has increased enrolment and retention. Langama Vulnerable Group also benefitted   with micro projects in the education sector, a development he said the beneficiaries are very happy. (See video of students appreciating government for the project)   


“Prior to the intervention by the CSDP, the pupils/students from Langama Community were studying in an unconducive, small thatched one block of two classrooms which hampers enrolment and reduces concentration while the primary school in Gasi was completely out of shape” Ciroma stated. 


However, the CSDP intervention to Shani LGA, Langama has resulted in the provision of 1 block of 3 classrooms, an office and VIP Latrine. The school is also fenced to provide additional security while Gasi got 1 block of two classrooms. Borno CSDP is intervening in 13 Local Government Areas in the state and has implemented 341 micro projects.

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Commissioning and Handing Over of Project Vehicles For The State Cares Coordinators under The Nigerian Cares Programme

An Address Delivered by The Honourable Minister Of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development

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I am delighted to be here today to perform this important task of handing over the project vehicles for State CARES Co-ordinators to the Honourable Minister of State for Budget and National Planning which will eventually cascade down to the sub-national level.

Distinguished ladies and gentlemen, what we are doing today is a very remarkable event given the fact that the World Bank had initiated a grant to cushion the effect of the Coronavirus Pandemic (Covid-19) on the poor and vulnerable and some of the businesses in Nigeria. I strongly believe that the vehicles that are being commissioned today will go a long way in assisting the State Coordinators of the programme in carrying out the herculean task of alleviating the suffering of ordinary people in the Country.

At this juncture, I want to, on behalf of the President and the people of Nigeria, appreciate the World Bank for this wonderful gesture of coming to the aid of the poor and vulnerable people of Nigeria and businesses that were affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Let me also commend the efforts of the steering committee for N-CARES and the Federal Cares Technical Committee for their efforts in ensuring that the intervention from the World Bank gets to the people at the grassroots. There is no doubt that this assistance from the World Bank will impact on the beneficiaries as well as contribute to the rebuilding of the economy and prosperity in Nigeria. I therefore urge the States and the FCT to ensure adequate utilisation of the vehicles and the resources from the World Bank to bring happiness to our people.

 

By the honour conferred on me I hereby commission the vehicles and hand them over to the Honourable Minister of State for Budget and National Planning.

 

Thank you and God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria

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El-Rufai, Governor of Kaduna State, Inaugurates Steering Committee of Kaduna NG-CARES

Programme is designed to help restore the livelihoods of the poor and vulnerable, maintaining food security and facilitating recovery of small and medium scale enterprises.

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Speech Delivered by His Excellency, Malam Nasir El-Rufai, Governor of Kaduna State

The arrival of Covid-19 in Nigeria early in 2020 has had a devastating impact on jobs and livelihoods. The lockdown that was imposed as part of containment measures against the virus severely affected incomes, as businesses were limited and restricted in the first phase of Kaduna State’s response. 

A significant reopening of the economy has been on for several months, but the recovery from last year’s forced contraction and economic difficulties continues. The Kaduna State Government is especially eager to support the acceleration and expansion of this recovery to help businesses regain markets, revenue and confidence. 

Therefore, we are delighted to commence the Kaduna State COVID-19 Action Recovery and Economic Stimulus Programme (Kaduna CARES). This is an intervention by the World Bank, through the Federal Government, to help stimulate sub-national economies and help their recovery from the economic devastation caused by Covid-19. We warmly welcome the loan of $20m that the World Bank is providing to support states in helping people and businesses get back in their strides.

The Kaduna CARES programme is designed to help restore the livelihoods of the poor and vulnerable, maintaining food security and facilitating recovery of small and medium scale enterprises. 

Kaduna CARES is structured as a Programme for Results (PforR) to deliver results in three key areas:

i. Result Area 1: Increased social transfers, basic services and livelihood support to the poor and vulnerable households

ii. Result Area 2: Increase food security and safe functioning of food supply chain; 

iii. Result Area 3: Facilitating recovery of SMEs through grants

Outcomes from the three result areas reinforce each other. Enhancing the consumption of poor and vulnerable households, together with employment and livelihood grants can help boost demand for the agricultural produce of farmers and food suppliers, and other goods and services offered by SMEs.

In result area one, 33,022 households are expected to benefit directly, while over 180,000 people will benefit indirectly. For result area 2, a total of 16,420 farmers will benefit directly, while over 100,000 people will benefit indirectly. For result area 3, a total number of 2,787 businesses will benefit directly, while over 60,000 people will benefit indirectly.

Beneficiaries of the programme will be mined from the State’s social register, farmers’ register and other State databases generated or built through a transparent and acceptable process in line with the key performance indicators.

Kaduna CARES will be driven by a steering committee with the following senior officials as members:
i. Commissioner, Planning and Budget (Chairman), 
ii. Commissioner of Finance 
iii. Commissioner of Business, Innovation and Technology
iv. Commissioner of Agriculture
v. Commissioner of Local Government
vi. Commissioner of Human Services and Social Development 
vii. Focal Person - Social Investment Programme 
viii. General Manager, Community and Social Development Agency

The program will be coordinated by the State CARES Coordinating Unit (SCCU), domiciled at the Planning and Budget Commission

The mandate of the State CARES Steering Committee (SCSC) includes:

i. Responsibility for providing oversight and policy guidance for the implementation of the CARES programme in Kaduna State in accordance with the Operations Manual.
ii. Meeting quarterly to consider issues affecting the CARES Programme in the State as may be brought before it by the SCCU including the monitoring report of the State Cares Coordinating Unit (SCCU) for appropriate action.
iii. The SCSC shall consider and approve the annual work plan and budget of the SCCU and clear the work plan and budgets of the Delivery Platforms that are to be funded from the CARES resources. 
iv. The SCSC shall provide update on the implementation of the Programme to the Governor every six months or as may be required through the Chairman of the SCSC.

 

The duration of the Kaduna CARES programme is 24 months between 2021 to 2023. 

The programme will be implemented with 4 agencies as delivery platforms: 
a) Conditional Cash Transfer Unit of the Social Investment Office,
b) Community and Social Development Agency,
c) FADAMA Office of the Ministry of Agriculture, and
d) Kaduna Industrialisation and Micro-credit Board.

It is my pleasure to inaugurate the State Steering Committee of Kaduna CARES. Kaduna CARES is meant to benefit our people and their businesses. All our officials that are involved in delivering it know that they are expected to be rigorous, objective and uncompromising in ensuring that this program reaches its target. 

This is not an opportunity to play favourites or to skew outcomes to the people you wish to patronise. It will be a violation of your oaths of office and the trust reposed in you to entertain or permit those who see every programme that is designed to benefit ordinary people as a chance for allocating slots. 

I wish you every success in contributing to further uplifting our people through this Kaduna CARES programme.

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Matawalle launches Zamfara Cares, Inaugurates Economic Revival and Development Committees

The programme would be addressed as Zamfara CARES for you Programme

May 22, 2021 804 Views 0 Comments FacebookTwitterLinkedInGoogle Plus

Zamfara State Governor Dr. Bello Mohammed Matawalle has launched the state’s chapter of Zamfara COVID-19 Action Recovery and Stimulus Programme, known as CARES. CARES is conceived by the Nigeria Governors Forum and introduced in all the 36 states of the federation as well as the Federal Capital Territory and being implemented with the support of the World Bank. 

The programme would be addressed as Zamfara CARES for you Programme, and its motto would be ‘Matawalle Vision 2023’, Matawalle’s spokesman Yusuf Idris Gusau said in a statement on Thursday.

He said during the inauguration of Zamfara CARES and two other committees that CARES will accomplish its responsibilities through social transfer, livelihood grants, provision of basic structures, support to Medium and Small scale Enterprises and ensuring food security.

The Shattiman Sakkwato who noted that armed banditry has threatened food security and the general economic growth of the state expressed confidence that the programme would in addition work with the First Lady’s Office to address the issue of malnutrition in the State and also serve as panacea to positive changes and development in the state.

He stated that despite the impediments caused by insecurity and the COVID-19 Pandemic, his administration has made colossal investment in primary, secondary and tertiary education, healthcare delivery, roads infrastructure, construction of a cargo airport and a variety of other fields with a view to turning around the fortunes of the State.

Accordingly, the program which will be delivered through the three platforms of CSDA, FADAMA, the Ministry of Commerce and State’s CARES Coordinating Unit with government interacting through members of the Steering Committee will ensure adequate supervision of the Delivery Platforms to deliver the services that are required.

He further explained that services that CARES will deliver to the common man of Zamfara State are:

  1. Livelihood Grants-  N 3.4 Billion
  2. Food Security – N 3.4 Billion and 
  3. Job Creation through MSEs – N 2 Billion

The Matawalle Vision 2023 has eminent personalities comprising technocrats and politicians appointed to execute the onerous assignment with Alhaji Ibrahim Jibo Magayaki, Honourable Commissioner Ministry of Budget and Economic Planning- Chairman;
Ibrahim Abdullahi, Honourable Commissioner Ministry of Agriculture- member;
Rabiu Garba, Honourable Commissioner Ministry of Commerce- member;
Sufyanu Bashir Yuguda, Honourable Commissioner Ministry of Finance,  member; Garba Altine Dauran, Permanent Secretary Ministry of Budget and Economic Planning- member; Kabiru Mohammed Gayari, Permanent Secretary Ministry of Finance- member; lbrahim Dan Nabirgi, Permanent Secretary Ministry of Agriculture- member;
Hamisu Shayau, Permanent Secretary Ministry of Commerce- member; CSDA Chairman- member; and Mukhtar Ibrahim of Ministry of Budget to serve as Secretary.

Similarly, the Human Capital Development Council which came as a result of the resolution by the National Economic Council  consists of 3 components of Health and Nutrition, Education and Labour force to achieve 24 million additional healthy, educated and productive  Nigerians for a globally competitive nation by 2030. This is aimed to provide equitable access to affordable and quality healthcare for every Nigerian, promote a quality, inclusive and functional education system and empower youth to have the capacity and skills to create or seek employment. 

The state Council has Alhaji Bala Bello Maru, Secretary to the State Government- Chairman; Alhaji Ibrahim Jibo Magayaki, Honourable Commissioner Ministry of Budget and Economic Planning- member; Yahaya Muhammad, Honourable Commissioner Ministry of Health- member, Abdullahi Gurbin Bore, Honourable Commissioner Ministry of Higher Education- member; Alhaji Aliyu Tukur ES, Honourable Commissioner Ministry of Education- member; Alhaji Yahaya Chado Gora, Honourable Commissioner Ministry for Local Governments- member; and Malam Dalhatu Morai of Ministry of Budget as Secretary.

The governor also inaugurated a Committee to Identify Serviceable and Unserviceable Vehicles and Plants across all MDAs. This will allow the government to keep track of all of its vehicles and plants and their current State. The inventory will help the government make potential decisions on vehicle purchases, maintenance, and auctions.

The members of the Committee are, Alhaji Ibrahim Jibo Magayaki, Honourable Commissioner Ministry of Budget and Economic Planning- Chairman; Alhaji Aliyu Tukur ES, Honourable Commissioner Ministry of Education- member; Alhaji Mohammed Sadiq Maiturare Bungudu, Honourable Commissioner Water Resources- member; Alhaji Abdullahi Mohammed Gurbin Bore, Honourable Commissioner Ministry of Higher Education- member; Alhaji Aliyu Bello Maradun, Permanent Secretary, General Services- secretary while Mohammed Abdullahi Shinkafi- will serve as Assistant secretary. 

Matawalle who  reminded members of the three committees that they were chosen to carry out the tasks assigned to their respective committees in appreciation of their integrity, commitment, and hard work also charged them to demonstrate these qualities in the course of conducting the assignments.

Delivering an acceptance speech on behalf of the committee members, Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Bala Bello Maru assured the governor that they will work diligently to justify the enormous confidence reposed in them .

He added that all the members of the committees collectively share the same vision of having a new Zamfara State that is secured, prosperous and developed where the yearnings and expectations of the populace would be met.

He assured to work efficiently round the clock according to the terms of reference given to them. Alhaji Bala Bello also thanked the governor for finding them worthy to serve in the various committees. The event was attended by the state Deputy Governor Barr. Mahdi Aliyu Gusau, former Deputy Governor, Hon Muktar Ahmad Anka, Head of Service, Alhaji Kabiru Balarabe, Deputy Chief of Staff, Dr Bashir Mohammed Maru, Commissioners and Special Advisers, Permanent Secretaries and Directors-General, PDP Exco and Senior government officials among others.

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Governor Fayemi of Inaugurates Ekiti State NG-CARES Steering Committee

Governor Fayemi of Inaugurates Ekiti State NG-CARES Steering Committee

aimed at mitigating the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on the socio-economic well-being of Ekiti people.  

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The Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, performed the inauguration of the Steering Committee of the State COVID-19 Action Recovery and Economic Stimulus (EK-CARES) Programme. The State CARES Programme which is a jointly developed, World Bank Supported Programme, is aimed at mitigating the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on the socio-economic well-being of Ekiti people.  

According to the Governor, the project was designed to support budgeted government interventions at the state level—targeting existing and newly vulnerable and poor households, farmers, artisans and micro and small enterprises (MSEs) affected by the economic crisis occasioned by the pandemic. 

"The State's Steering Committee which comprises of nine (9) members drawn from relevant MDAs in the State shall be saddled with the responsibility of providing policy direction and perform oversight functions across all the programme results areas and would also be responsible for reviewing and approving annual work plans for all the delivery units of the program," said the Governor.

Outlining the effect of the Covid-19 pandemic on the global economy arising from the global lockdown and its severed negative impact on livelihood and food security of Nigerians across the economic sectors, the Governor said the Federal Government in collaboration with the World Bank and the Nigeria Governors Forum developed the State Cares Programme to cushion the effect of the pandemic most especially on the most vulnerable segment of the Nigerian population.

In implementing the programme in Ekiti State, Dr. Fayemi said his Government would work through the State CARES Steering Committee to achieve the following among others: 
∙ Enhanced delivery of social safety net, social assistance and basic services;
∙ Increasing food security and safe functioning of food supply chain; 
∙ Facilitating recovery of household and micro enterprises and preventing their collapse. 

Governor Fayemi therefore enjoyed members of the committee to see the appointment as another Call to Duty, in the service of the State.

"You were chosen based on your pedigree, commitment and dedication to duties. It is expected that you would endeavor to strengthen the implementation platforms in accordance with the guidelines and the MOU signed with the World Bank on the programme," he said.

Members of the Committee include Hon. Femi Ajayi (Commissioner for Budget & Economic Planning) – Chairman; Mrs. Margaret Fagboyo, (Special Adviser, Development Partnership/SDGs) – Vice-Chairperson; 
Prof. Bolaji Aluko, (DG/SA, Office of Transformation) -  member; Chief. Biodun Akin Fasae, (Chairman, Ekiti State Community & Social Development Agency) – member; Mr. James Babasola Folorunso, (Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Finance & Economic development) – Member; Engr. Oluwagbenga Odesanmi (Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security) – Member; Mr. Adeleke Adefolaju, (Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Budget and Economic Planning) – Member and Mrs. Bukola Ogunlade (Head, State Care Coordinating Unit)–Secretary.

In his welcome address, the Chairman of the Committee and Commissioner for Budget and Economic Planning, Hon. Femi Ajayi said the NG-CARES Programme was a World Bank Country Partnership Framework (CPF) for social protection designed at re-engineering the Nation’s economic base that might have been distorted by the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. He stressed further that the Programme Development Objective amongst others, includes the access of poor people to livelihood support and food security services, and grants for poor and vulnerable households, and recovery of Small and Medium Enterprises in the state and Nigeria at large.

The Special Adviser, Development Partnership/SDGs) and Vice-Chairperson of the committee, Mrs. Margaret Fagboyo, thanked the State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi for his proactive response to the challenge right from the outset as well as the effective management of the Covid scourge in Ekiti State. 

"I want to commend your Excellency for acting ahead of your peers by setting necessary machinery in motion on time, constituting the State Covid 19 Taskforce and also the Response Resource Mobilization Committee set up to mobilize resources and manage these resources to cushion the effect of the pandemic in Ekiti State. The result is clear for all to see today."

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Dr Obaje emerges National Coordinator of NG-CARES

Dr Obaje emerges National Coordinator of NG-CARES

appointment was based on Dr Obaje's track record of service to previous World Bank supported programmes  of the Nigerian government.

May 11, 2021 1241 Views 0 Comments FacebookTwitterLinkedInGoogle Plus

The Federal government of Nigeria has approved the appointment of Dr Abdulkarim Ali Obaje, as the National Coordinator (NC) for Federal CARES Support Unit, Nigeria COVID-19 Action Recovery and Economic Stimulus (NG-CARES) being implemented in the 36 States of the federation and the FCT. The appointment has been endorsed by the World Bank Nigeria Office.

In the appointment letter, signed by the Minister of State, Budget and National Planning, Prince Clem Ikanade Agba, the minister noted that the appointment was based on Dr Obaje's track record of service to previous World Bank supported programmes  of the Nigerian government.

Congratulating the new NC through the letter of appointment, the minister, who is also the Chairman of the NG-CARES Steering Committee, urged him to bring to bear his wealth of experience on his new assignment.

This, he said, would justify the confidence reposed in him by the Federal government.

Receiving his appointment letter, in Abuja, Obaje appreciated the Federal Government and the Minister of State for finding him worthy of such highly esteemed national assignment.

He therefore pledged, on behalf of himself and his management team, to discharge his duties with all sense of commitment, patriotism and loyalty.

Dr Obaje brings on board over twenty years of work experience with public service and development partners. Currently, he is the National Coordinator of the Community and Social Development Project (CSDP).

The NG-CARES is an initiative of the Federal government of Nigeria with assistance from the World Bank to mitigate the effect of COVID- 19 on the rural economy using CSDP, Fadama and Bank of Industry platforms.

His appointment will take effect from date of effectiveness of the NG- CARES programme.

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Cross River State CSDA Board Commends FPSU

Cross River State CSDA Board Commends FPSU

Apr 23, 2021 647 Views 0 Comments FacebookTwitterLinkedInGoogle Plus

The Chairman Board of Directors of  the Cross River State CSDA Mr Toni Ikpeme has commended the National Coordinator of CSDP, Dr.  Abdulkarim Obaje for leading the CSDP in Nigeria achieve results. The Board Chairman made the commendation when he led members of the board on a visit to the NC in Abuja. The board Chairman said the people of Cross River state have benefitted enormously from the micro projects of the CSDA. Adding that the CRS CSDA under the leadership of Fidel Udie is touching lives of the poor in the state.

He condoled with the NC on the loss of Mr Adewale Fabowale, Head of Operations of the FPSU. He prayed God grants the late Head of Operations eternal rest.

Responding, the NC, Dr Abdulkarim Obaje described the late Mr Adewale Fabowale as a hardworking jovial fellow who would be missed in the CSDP. Obaje also took time to explain to the Board members, the  differences between the financing options in CSDP which has been Investment Project Financing and the Programme for Results options being proposed in the NG-CARES.

He used the opportunity to further explain the role of the Board as different from Management both in CSDP and the proposed NG-CARES. In his words "the job of the board is neither technical nor operational, but advisory". He explained the budgeting process for NG-CARES and the strategic role of the Board in approval of Management request and why the Board Chairman is part of the State CARES Steering Committee.

He encouraged synergy of Board members who are mostly Permanent Secretaries with the view of galvanising efforts for results. The CRS Board members are in Abuja for capacity building on the proposed NG- CARES

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