CRSG INAUGURATES WORLD BANK ASSISTED COVID-19 ACTION TEAM
By Eteng Kebeh
The State Programme Team for the World Bank Assisted COVID-19 Action Recovery and Economic Stimulus (CARES) Programme for Result has been inaugurated with the Mandate to work with the World Bank to design and lead programme preparation activities for the State.
The Deputy Governor, Professor Ivara Esu,who stood in for the State Governor, presided over the ceremony in Government House, Calabar.
Professor Esu congratulated the Team Members for their appointmentswhich he described as not just an act of appointment, but a call to duty to struggle for the International Cake for the State.
He noted that, the CARES Programme was borne out of the Nigerian Governor’s Forum which impressed on the World Bank to assist in the fight against COVID-19 pandemic in the Country, which is why as a response, the World Bank made available 750 Million US Dollars for the 36 States and the FCT.
The Deputy Governor asserted that, the programme is geared to help in the recovery and to stimulate the economy of the Country which is seriously affected by the Global Pandemic.
He explained that, the World Bank Programme has its focus on food security with emphasis on livelihood support for the poor and vulnerable families and could be realized through Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise-SMEDA.
Professor Esu who expressed optimism on the ability of members of the Team,emphasized the need to support the programme to grow for the gross benefit of Cross Riverians,especially in the COVID-19 pandemic period.
In a remark,the Commissioner for International Development Cooperation, Dr. Inyang Asibong intimated that, the CARES initiative of the Nigerian Governor’s Forum for the World Bank to support Nigeria to cushion the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and was unveiled to the 36 State Governors at the Governor’s Forum in May 2020.
Dr Inyang maintained that, the total cost of the programme is 750 Million US Dollars to all the 36 States and the Federal Capital Territory Abuja and will last for two years between 2020 to 2022.
The components of the programme are,Food Security and livelihood support for the poor and vulnerable families, as well as support to Local economic activities, especially Micro,Small and Median Enterprise.