By Ibrahim Kaulahi,Gusau
Federal Government Assessment and Advisory team has commended Governor Bello Matawalle’s preparations towards implementing NGCARES in the state.
The commendation was made by the leader of the team, Professor Funsho Aderigibe during a courtesy visit to the governor at his office in Government House, Gusau Tuesday.
Professor Funsho said Governor Matawalle deserves to be commended for constituting a state steering committee of the NGCARES in the state and his subsequent inauguration and the appointment of the state NGCARES Coordinating Unit.
The assessment team leader further informed that, the state NGCARES office has already been equipped with all the needed facilities including ICT and the provision of office with the needed capacity building as required for the implementation of NGCARES in the state.
He said, what they saw in the state was a clear sign that Zamfara will emerge number one in the country to access the funds according to the laid regulations.
He also explained that the NGCARES programme is designed to mitigate the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the livelihoods of the poor, vulnerable households and micro enterprises in the country.
He added that the programme outlines for result operations in the amount of $750 million dollars to support states in their efforts to mitigate the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic in their respective areas.
He further stated that the proposed programme for results P4R is a short term response to the economic crisis created by the Covid-19 pandemic in Nigeria which was designed to support government budgets at state levels which targeted new vulnerable and poor households in three key areas of increasing cash transfers and livelihood support.
“That was designed to render supports for the poor and vulnerable, increasing food security and safety function of food supply chains and to facilitate recovery of medium and small scale enterprises.
Responding, Governor Matawalle explained that despite the high debt profile, litigation and serious security challenges inherited from the previous administration, his government was able to initiate programmes and policies that have direct impact on the livelihoods of the poor and vulnerable groups in the state.
Matawalle further explained that, these were achieved through social intervention programmes such as ZASSIP and Women Empowerment Programme under which thousands of youths were engaged in various trades which at the end of every month will receive a take me home allowance of not less than ten to twenty thousand naira.
The Governor also said that apart from the social intervention programme, his administration embarked on transforming the state structures at all levels which included constructions of sizeable number of hospitals amongst which was an infectious decease hospital in Damba established to carter for Covid-19 patients and was equipped with modern health facilities.
He added that PCR machines were also provided at Yariman Bakura Hospital and seventeen WCWC Hospitals were constructed and equipped with Drugs that will be given free of charge to women and children in the state.
Matawalle maintained that his administration’s transformation agenda has touched every sector of the state and assured his readiness to fully implement the corona virus Aid Relief and Economic Security in order to mitigate the impact of the pandemic in the state.