The Zamfara State Governor, Bello Mohammed Matawalle, has launched the state’s chapter of COVID-19 Action Recovery and Stimulus Programme, known as CARES.
CARES is a stimulus programme conceived by the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) and introduced in all the 36 states of the federation as well as the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
It is being implemented with the support of the World Bank.
The Governor said, during the inauguration of Zamfara CARES and two other committees, that CARES will accomplish its responsibilities through social transfer, livelihood grants, provision of basic structures, support to Medium and Small Scale Enterprises and ensuring food security.
Matawalle, who noted that armed banditry has threatened food security and the general economic growth of the state, expressed confidence that the programme would in addition work with the First Lady’s office to address the issue of malnutrition in the state and also serve as panacea to positive changes and development in the state.
The Governor stated that despite the impediments caused by insecurity and the COVID-19 pandemic, his administration has made colossal investment in primary, secondary and tertiary education, healthcare delivery, roads infrastructure, construction of a cargo airport and a variety of other fields with a view to turning around the fortunes of the State.
“The program which will be delivered through the three platforms of CSDA, FADAMA, the Ministry of Commerce and State’s CARES Coordinating Unit with government interacting through members of the Steering Committee will ensure adequate supervision of the Delivery Platforms to deliver the services that are required,” he said.
“Similarly, the Human Capital Development Council which came as a result of the resolution by the National Economic Council consists of 3 components of Health and Nutrition, Education and Labour force to achieve 24 million additional healthy, educated and productive Nigerians for a globally competitive nation by 2030”
“This is aimed to provide equitable access to affordable and quality healthcare for every Nigerian, promote a quality, inclusive and functional education system and empower youth to have the capacity and skills to create or seek employment”
The governor also inaugurated a Committee to Identify Serviceable and Unserviceable Vehicles and Plants across all MDAs. This will allow the government to keep track of all of its vehicles and plants and their current State. The inventory will help the government make potential decisions on vehicle purchases, maintenance, and auctions.