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.
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 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.