Covid-19: 25,000 Households, Farmers, MSME’s Receive Grant in Delta State

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In a bid to a alleviate the socio- economic effects of Covid-19 on families, farmers and small businesses; Delta State Government in conjunction with Delta COVID-19 Action Recovery and Economic Stimulus (D-CARES) approved to give grant to 25,269 households, 13,900 farmers and 2,539 small business owners across the state.

Speaking during the flag-off of the implementation of activities under Result Areas 1 and 2 of the Delta COVID-19 Action Recovery and Economic Stimulus (D-CARES) Programme, Governor of Delta State, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa said that the D-CARES Programme was to mitigate the adverse economic impact of the pandemic, particularly on the poor and vulnerable.

While noting that the D-CARES programme is a World Bank supported intervention with the main objective of expanding access to livelihood support and food security services as well as grants for poor and vulnerable households and firms, he pledged the commitment of his administration towards the implementation of all aspects of the D-CARES programme in the state for the overall benefit of the people.

According to Okowa, ” As we all know, the COVID-19 exerted a huge toll on the economy with the attendant loss of income and means of livelihoods by thousands of people.

The CARES programme is to help mitigate the adverse economic impact of the pandemic, particularly on the poor and vulnerable” he asserted.

He mentioned that the initiative would support no fewer than; 25,269 poor and vulnerable households with social transfers, basic services, and livelihood grants; 13,976 farmers to increase food production and facilitate smooth functioning of the food supply chain, while 2,529 MSEs will be given grants to support post-COVID-19 loans, operational costs and to enhance their IT capabilities.

He advised programme managers to continually display high performance and accountability levels required for seamless execution.

“The successful implementation of the programme in the state, especially given the wide scope of the intervention would go a long way in addressing some of the negative economic impacts of the pandemic on our people” he stated.

While assuring that the State Government would continue to provide the necessary support and funding to ensure that the programme achieves its stated objectives, “it is indeed my hope that beneficiaries will make good use of the opportunity to grow their businesses, increase their income, and generally improve their living standard,” Okowa added.

Earlier in his welcome remarks, Commissioner for Economic Planning, Dr Barry Pere-Gbe, said beneficiaries drawn from poor and vulnerable households were selected on merit and not through political colouration or ethnic cleavages and urged them to maximize the opportunity.

In her vote of thanks, Director, Overseas Development Assistant (ODA), Ministry of Economic Planning/State UNICEF Programmes Director in the state, Lady Patience Ogbewe need to alleviate sufferings of people through provision of grants to households,farmers and businesses.

She further lauded Okowa for supporting the scheme to succeed in it’s services to the people.

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