The Ogun State Commissioner for Finance and Chief Economic Adviser to the Governor, Mr. Dapo Okubadejo has said that necessary human and material resources are in place for the take-off of the Nigeria COVID-19 Action Recovery and Economic Stimulus (NG-CARES) in the State.
The programme launched by the Federal Government recently is supported by World Bank to enhance the livelihood of the poor and vulnerable households, ensure food security activities and capacity building of the people across the country.
Okubadejo, who is also the Chairman, Steering Committee of OG-CARES revealed this in Abeokuta, when a team from the Federal CARES Technical Committee (FCTC), Abuja, visited the State and Delivery Platforms Agencies to ascertain level of preparedness towards the commencement of the programme.
Represented by the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Development Partners’ Coordination, Mr. Adenekan Bayo, the Commissioner stated that the Prince Dapo Abiodun led-administration was concerned about the welfare and wellbeing of residents, maintaining that government would continue to execute projects and programmes that have direct impact on the people.
‘’Ogun State Government is ready to implement OG-CARES and we are set for its commencement in July this year across the State”, Okubadejo maintained.
In his remarks, the team leader and Director of Industrial Development Department, Federal Ministry of Trade and Investment, Mr. Adewale Bakare said the 2-year implementation timeframe for the programme was sacrosanct, with the mandate to ensure that its goal was achieved.
“We are here in Ogun State to check if needed infrastructure are in place towards the commencement of the new programme that is about to start in July, 2021.The purpose is to see what is on ground and brainstorm to achieve the desired result.
“There should be no room for failure as the programme has a limited time frame which is between year 2021 and 2023”, Bakare said.
Bakare also charged officers in the Delivery Platform Agencies on ‘programme for result’, urging that they should be proactive and efficient.