COVID-19: Fayemi inaugurates State CARES Steering Committee

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COVID-19: Fayemi inaugurates State CARES Steering Committee

• To provide supports for poor, vulnerable households, farmers, others

Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, on Monday inaugurated a nine
-man committee to give policy direction to the implementation of the
State Covid-19 Action Recovery and Economic Stimulus (CARES) programme
designed to support livelihood of the poor and vulnerable households
in the State.
The State CARES is a jointly developed World Bank- supported programme
aimed at mitigating the effect of covid-19 pandemic on the socio-
economic wellbeing of the people.
Governor Fayemi while inaugurating the committee member in Ado- Ekiti,
to mark the formal activation of the CARES programme in the State,
explained that the programme would also support budgeted state
government interventions for farmers, artisans, Micro and Small
Enterprises (MSEs) affected by the economic crisis occasioned by the
pandemic.
The Steering Committee which is chaired by the Commissioner for Budget
and Economic Planning, Hon Femi Ajayi, according to the Governor, will
work out modalities that would enable the State to benefit maximally
from the World Bank’s Covid-19 intervention programme.
“It is also saddled with the responsibilities of supervising the
coordination and delivery system to scale-up the emergency support;
regulating guidelines to support effectiveness and sustainability of
livelihood and food security activities; capacity building and any
other necessary measures to enable the State achieve the Eleven
Disbursement Linked Indicators (DLIS).” He added.
The Governor charged the steering committee to display deep
commitment, experience, prudence, transparency and technical expertise
that would guarantee a fruitful partnership that can be strengthened
and sustained.
Dr Feyemi who also highlighted how the lockdown and other strict
measures enforced to curtail the spread of the pandemic practically
affected global socio-economic activities, said the CARES programme
was part of efforts by the Federal Government in collaboration with
World bank and the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) to address the
debilitating effect of the pandemic on the most vulnerable sector of
the country.
He said the implementation of the programme will not only allow state
governments to enhance delivery of social safety net, assistance and
basic service to the people but also increase food security and supply
chain as well as facilitate recovery of household and micro
enterprises from total economic collapse.
Others in the State CARES steering committee included the Special
Adviser on Development Partnerships and SDGs, Mrs Margaret Fagboyo as
Deputy Chairperson while the Director General, Office of
Transformation, and Service Delivery, Professor Bolaji Aluko; Special
Adviser, Social Investment Programme, Barrister Victor Kolade;
Chairman, Ekiti State Community and Social Development Agency
(EKCSDA), Chief Akin Fasae; Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Finance
and Economic Development, Mr James Folorunsho; Permanent Secretary,
Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security, Mr Olugbenga Odesanmi,
Permanent Secretary Ministry of Budget and Economic Planning, Mr
Adeleke Adefolaju are to serve as members and Mrs Bukola Ogunlade to
act as secretary of the committee.
In his address, the Chairman of the CARES committee, Hon Femi AJayi
commended Governor Fayemi for ensuring that all sectors affected by
the pandemic were put into consideration and pledged the commitment of
the committee to achieve required results in all the 11 Disbursement
Linked Indicators (DLIs).

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