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