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.