Enugu govt approves N500m for ARES

Enugu State Government  has approved N500m for all the state Action Recovery Economic Stimulus team to help caution the effect of COVID-19 pandemic on the citizens.

Mrs Adaonah Kene-Uyanwun, who led the team, made this know to newsmen at the Enugu State Government House.

This came after the meeting with the Deputy Governor of the state Mrs. Cecilia Ezeilo.

Members of the team present at the meeting includes, Commissioner for Budget and Planing, Dr. David Ogbuta, Commissioner for works and infrastructures, Mr Grey Nnaji, among others.

Uyanwune who is also the Commissioner for Finance and Economic Development in the state said that the N500m is for the first trench of the programme.

She said that the Economic Responsive Stimulus for result is called ” Action Recovery Economic Stimulus package.

The chairman noted that the programme is a World Bank assisted designed to help Nigeria States to recover from the COVID-19 effect.

” World Bank in its magnanimity created platforms to intervene in helping the state government to overcome the impact of COVID-19.

” We the Enugu State Team after our lateral discussion with the coordinators of the cash team on different programmes that would be best suited to Enugu State.

” After the discussions, we arrived at two different areas to help every Nigeria state in terms of cash transfer, Agricultural sector and Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME).

” This is to help support the livelihood of the citizens and this first trench is to help in Agricultural sector and the MSME” she said.

She said that N57m inputs has been set aside for farmers and that the team is concentration on the state area of comparative advantage which is rice and cassava.

” We have come up with the full data of farmers in the state through the registered farmers, corporative farmers.

” This should not discourage individual farmers that are corporative not as they are also entitled to gain in the programme, ” she said.

She advised such farmers to register with the Liaising Agricultural officer in their Local Government Area of the State.

” As for the rice input, we are going to concentrate on the LGAs that have comparative advantage in rice farming.

” For the cassava, we are looking at a value chain creation in the state because most people are used to cassava planting for consumption.

” We are at commercial cassava agriculture, that is why the government want to spend the resources not.

” ilIn the programme, we are going to educate the youths and farmers on the programme and after which, help them to get off taker, ” she said.

Uyanwune said, ” when we come to MSME, we will started job creation with soft loans to help the poor and the vulnerable ones.

She advised the youths to go and register in the MSME programme to become a beneficiary.

Hon.Engr . Ezeilo Ejike
SA Media To Deputy Governor

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