COVID-19: KDSG Sensitizes Residents on Action Recovery, Economic Stimulus KD-CARES Project
By: Femi Mustapha
The Kaduna State Government has sensitized Beneficiaries and stakeholders across the three senatorial zones of Kaduna state have been on the implementation arrangement of the Kaduna COVID-19 Action Recovery and Economic stimulus (KD- CARES) project in other to ensure an all-inclusive and seamless process.
KD-CARES is a World Bank assisted initiative being implemented to mitigate the effects of the COVID-19 at the state level, by protecting the livelihoods of poor and vulnerable households, and supporting the recovery of local economic activities.
Speaking on the sensitization programme organized by the Kaduna yesterday Planning and Budget commission, the Permanent Secretary, Bashir Muhammed said, KD-CARES project, which is a two- year programme, is to protect the livelihoods and food security of poor and vulnerable families and facilitate the recovery of local economic activities in Kaduna state.
Muhammed, who was represented by the State Coordinator, KD-CARES, Mallam Badamasi Musa said the programme has three components, which are aimed at increasing social transfer, monthly youth intensive labour work; agriculture support, input support upgrading rural infrastructure and creating access to agricultural sites; support MSMEs, servicing existing loans and IT support to MSMEs.
He explained that the outcomes are increased social transfers, basic services, and livelihood support to poor and vulnerable households, increasing food security and safe functioning of food supply chains, and facilitating recovery and enhancing capabilities of MSMEs.
“Beneficiaries cut across the three key result areas, especially those that were adversely affected by the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Beneficiaries are expected to be mined from the state social registers, farmers register and others state registers generated or built through a transparent and acceptable process in line with the key performance indicators,” he said.
Also, the Co-chair, Kaduna Maternal accountability mechanism (KADMAM), Mustapha Jumare said, “it is a kind of explanation and sensitization of Kaduna state to know where we are going and to know how people tend to benefit from the programme which is domiciled with the planning and Budget commission and
“I think it is good to explain to the citizens so that people will not just sit down and create stories, this is a palliative given to citizens to cushion the effect of COVID-19”.