By Philip Yatai

No fewer than 49,669 poor and vulnerable will benefit from Kaduna State COVID-19 Action Recovery and Economic Stimulus Programme (KD-CARES).

A total of 2,787 Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) will also benefit from the programme supported by the Work Bank, under the Nigeria COVID-19 Action Recovery and Economic Stimulus Programme (N-CARES)

The Programme Coordinator, Mr Musa Badamasi made this known at a One-day Media Breakfast with Journalists in Kaduna on Thursday, organised in collaboration with Jalad Media Concept.

Badamasi explained that KADCARES was initiated by the World Bank to mitigate economic challenges caused by COVID-19 across the country.

He said that the intervention was in three thematic areas namely, social transfers, food security and strengthening the capabilities of MSMEs.

He said that out of the 49,669 expected beneficiaries, 33,029 would benefit under result area one – increased social transfers, basic services, and livelihood support to poor and vulnerable households.

He said that under the result area one, a total of 1,460 would benefit from Social Transfers intervention comprising the aged, physically challenged, chronically ill, and urban poor.

Badamasi said that each beneficiary would receive N10,000 bimonthly for a period of two years, adding that the social transfer intervention would be implemented by the State Cash Transfer Unit.

He added that 2,839 poor and vulnerable would also benefit from the labor-intensive public works intervention, with payment of between N10,000 and N20,000 monthly stipends.

He added that 28,730 would benefit under the community and group investment in basic service infrastructure, with benefiting communities expected to receive a grant of between N10 million and N20 million in three tranches.  

He explained that the Community and Social Development Agency would implement the labour-intensive public works and basic service infrastructure interventions.

The coordinator also said that 16,640 poor and vulnerable would benefit under result area two which would be implemented by the FADAMA Project Implementation Unit

According to him, the result area is designed to increase food production and safe functioning of food supply chains.

He explained that under the result area, 4,882 poor and vulnerable would benefit from agricultural inputs and services, 4,250 from labor-intensive agricultural infrastructure and 7,508 from agricultural assets for production and mitigation of food loss and waste.

He further said that a total of 2,787 MSMEs would benefit under result area three to be implemented by Kaduna State Enterprise Development Agency, designed to facilitate recovery, and enhancing capabilities of MSMEs.

He said 2,043 MSMES would benefit from the provision of well-targeted conditional grants to co-finance loans that eligible business owners received during the COVID-19.

Badamasi added that 744 MSMEs would also be supported to adopt digital payments, and the cost of integration and information technology connectivity of their businesses.

“The beneficiaries of the programme are expected to be selected from the State Social Register of poor and vulnerable households and Farmers Register in the state.

“Other beneficiaries would be selected from other registers generated or built through a transparent and acceptable process in line with the Key Performance Indicators (KPIs),” he said.

Earlier, the State Commissioner, Planning and Budget Commission, Mrs Umma Aboki, explained that the main objective of the programme was to protect livelihoods and food security of poor and vulnerable families.

Aboki added that the programme was a loan facility of $750 million, $20 million to each of the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory, which would be disbursed based on the World Bank’s Programme-for-Result initiative.

She equally said that the programme was designed to facilitate the recovery of local economic activities affected by COVID-19 in Kaduna state.

The Executive Director, Jalad Media Concept, Mr Joshua James said that media engagement was very critical to create the needed awareness and enlighten citizens on how they can benefit from the programme.

James explained that the objective of the meeting was to moblise journalists to work with implementing agencies, disseminate information about the programme and provide feedback to the coordinating unit.