FG disburses N45.3bn to states, FCT for NG-CARES programme
The Federal Government has approved the release of 45.3 billion as reimbursement to States and FCT for the implementation of the Nigeria COVID-19 Action Recovery and Economic Stimulus (NG CARES) Programme.
NG-CARES Programme is a World Bank- State support operation implemented in all 36 states and FCT. The programme aims to expand access to livelihood support and food security services and grants for poor and vulnerable households and firms. It is a Programme for Results, and therefore reimbursement is based on results achieved.
The National Coordinator of NG-CARES Programme, Dr Abdulkarim Obaje, who announced the disbursement in Abuja at the weekend, said the funds disbursed were based on Results each State and FCT earned after a rigorous result verification exercise conducted by an independent Consultant.
To facilitate the smooth take-off of the programme, the Federal Government disbursed a one off recoverable advance of N35.3 billion to all the 36 States and FCT in March 2022 and in less than one year, States and FCT have produced results valued at N77.2 billion, impacting over two million direct beneficiaries.
He mentioned that the results earned by the States and FCT shows significant progress towards achieving the set objectives and targets of the NG-CARES Programme.
According to him, “The Federal Government last week reimbursed the 29 States and FCT to the tune of N45.3 billion after recovery of the one-off advance. The top three best-performing States in this round of reimbursement are Zamfara State with N5,273,150,000.00 Bauchi State with N4,232,200,000.00 and Ondo State with N3,838,233,411.00. This is a milestone in the efforts at reducing poverty in the country.” The National Coordinator appealed to States and the FCT to use the funds released in line with the Financing Agreement and the “Funds Release Policy” which all the States and FCT signed.
Obaje commended key stakeholders in the Programme, notably, the Minister of State, Budget and National Planning, Prince Clem Ikanade Agba, for providing the needed leadership at the federal level to coordinate the implementation at the States and FCT, State Governors, and the World Bank for providing the credit and technical support.