Kano state government has secured the sum of $1.1 million as post COVID-19 grand from European Union, EU and Japan to cushion the effect of the pandemic on communities badly affected in the state.
The grant is meant for individuals and Small and Medium Enterprises, SMEs to cushion the effects of COVID-19 on them, according to statement by Abba Anwar, Chief Press Secretary to the state governor on Wednesday.
The statement said the grant, was facilitated from the Office of the Special Adviser to Governor Ganduje on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), adding that “it would alleviate some fears of what people could face in post-COVID-19 period.”
“In a Cash-For-Work arrangement, a total number of 1,600 individuals will benefit. While 630 SMEs will also be part of the beneficiaries in the grant distribution process.
” The Special Adviser Intimated governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano state that, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), has undertaken several initiatives to support the communities affected by pandemic.
“in a letter referenced ORG/4071 and dated 3rd of August, 2020, signed by Lealem Dinku, Officer in Charge, UNDP Nigeria and captioned “Support to communities affected by the COVID-19 pandemic in Kano state,” it is stated that, “…the United Nations has undertaken several initiatives to support the communities affected by pandemic,” the statement reads in part.
Anwar, in the statement, quoted the letter as saying, “the COVID-19 pandemic has caused infections, deaths and untold hardships to the most vulnerable particularly the urban poor in hotspots locations across the nation.
“It is in this regard that UN Development Programme (UNDP) in Nigeria in collaboration with the government of Japan, has initiated a project to support selected vulnerable communities affected by the socio-economic impact of COVID-19 to minimise the impact of job and livelihood losses and to also help contain the spread of the Virus.
“We have identified Kano state as key target state and will be working closely with your office and selected communities in implementing this initiative,” concludes the letter.
The CPS stated that Governor Ganduje directed that, the most vulnerable people should be the targeted in the distribution of the fund.
He quoted the Special Adviser as saying “His Excellency Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, after directing that our target should be the most vulnerable, he also made us open 500 new bank accounts for those who never benefited in any form of intervention in the past.”
Explaining that, “governor Ganduje directed that all bank charges must be paid on behalf of those identified and selected beneficiaries, “All in an effort to effectively cushion the effect of the hardships caused by the pandemic,” he concluded.