Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku has inaugurated the state action recovery and economic stimulus (CARES) Committee at the Government House Chambers Jalingo.
The Governor addressing the members of the committee said the COVID-19 ACTION RECOVERY AND ECONOMIC STIMULUS (CARES) is a World Bank programme initiated by the Federal Government and the Nigerian Governor’s Forum (NGF) to mitigate the impact of covid-19 pandemic.
He said it is an intervention programme that is built on the platforms of existing projects of the Federal Government of Nigeria which include National Cash Transfer Programme (NCTP), Youth Empowerment and Social Support Operations (YESSO), Community and Social Development Project (CSDP) FADAMA and Government Enterprise and Empowerment Programme (GEEP).
He said that the NG-CARES is designed to restore livelihood of the poor and vulnerable, maintain food security and facilitate recovery of Micro and Small Enterprises to achieve some of the key objectives of the Federal Government’s Economic Sustainability Plan (ESP).
“This program no doubt is in line with the Rescue Agenda being pursued vigorously by this administration. For this reason, in our strive to provide basic needs of life amidst scarcity of funds, we will not hesitate to leverage on any resources to meet our ambition especially the kind that will lift people out of poverty,” said the Governor.
According to the govrnor, the program has three result areas each comprising four Disbursement Linked Indicators (DLIs) (i.e. targets set for intervention) which are; increased social transfers, basic services, and livelihood support to poor and vulnerable households; increasing food security and safe functioning of food supply chains; facilitating recovery; and enhancing capabilities of small and medium enterprises.
Taraba state chose four (4) out of the Twelve (12) DLIs based on the state’s needs, ease of delivery and the resources available which are; Community and Group investment to be implemented by Community and Social Development Project (CSDP); Food Security and livelihood to be implemented by FADAMA III; Conditional Grants to SMEs to be implemented by Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) and Livelihood Grants to be implemented by Special Grant Transfer (SGT).
“Let me reiterate that the programme is tagged Programme for Result (PforR), therefore, does not reward uncompleted effort because it is result based.
“For this reason, all hands must be on deck in order to achieve optimally.”
“While I urged you to discharge your responsibilities in accordance with the World Bank/Federal Government protocol agreements, I as well direct all government agencies and the public to give this programme all the support needed for smooth operation.”
Members of the committee are as follows;
1. Hon. Solomon B. Elisha (Comm. of Budget Planning) – Chairman
2. Dr. David A. Kassa (Comm. of Agric. & Nat. Res.) – Member
3. Dr. Jesse Adi Ashumate (Comm of Finance) – Member
4. Hon. Yusuf Tanimu Njeke (Comm. of Commerce and Ind.) – Member
5. Hon. Jethro Yakubu (Comm. of Poverty Alleviation) – Member
6. Hon. Hauwa K. Andeyatso (Comm. of Women Affairs) – Member
7. Mr. Kaka N Sale (Permanent Sec. MOF) – Member
8. Tijjani S. Magaji (Director of Budget) – Secretary