2000 people to benefit from N100m Kebbi-CARES programme

No fewer than 2000 peoples would benefit from the second phase disbursement of Kebbi-CARES programme of N200 million in Kebbi state.  

A statement issued by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Mallam Ahmed Idris on Tuesday quoted the state’s Deputy Governor Senator Umar Tafida Arugungu speaking at the flagging-off of the programme on Monday at the presidential Lodge Birnin Kebbi, the Kebbi State.

He said the aim of the programme was to empower the less privileged and reduce poverty in the state, adding that the present administration under the leadership of Dr. Nasir Idris Kauran Gwandu had promised to support all intervention programmes across the sectors. 

The deputy governor appealed to the beneficiaries to make judicious use of the grants given to them and engage in meaningful trades that will support them and hopefully employ others in the near future.

In her welcome address, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Budget and Economic Planning, Hajiya A’isha Usman, thanked the state governor for supporting the intervention, adding that the targeted beneficiaries were the poor and the vulnerable to expand their access to livelihood and facilitate food security. 

She explained that the disbursement was part of the Covid-19 Action Recovery and Economic Stimulus designed to last for two years.

Mrs. Usman announced that Kebbi State was the only state in Nigeria where beneficiaries get up to N100,000 as support while in other states of the country, beneficiaries only get N30,000.

She also explained that over 1,000 beneficiaries received livelihood grants of N100,000 to N150,000 each across the state in the first phase of disbursement under the KB-CARES programme.

Also speaking, the Kebbi State Coordinator of the scheme, Hajiya Rukayya Muhammad Bawa, said the programme targeted more than 28,000 beneficiaries, both males and females to engage in profitable ventures while emphasis would be placed on agriculture.

Rukayya enumerated a number of projects carried under the programme which have direct bearing on the lives of people in the state.