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The Federal Government on Wednesday handed over fourty (40) operational vehicles for distribution to State coordinators of the State COVID-19 Action Recovery And Economic Stimulus designed to be known as NG-CARES.

The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Farouq, said the vehicles were procured by the Federal Project Support Unit of her ministry.

She handed over the vehicles to the Minister of State for Budget and National Planning, Clem Agba, ae Eagle Square, Abuja, for distribution to states and the Federal Capital Territory.

The NG-CARES is the Federal Government initiative with support from the World Bank to curb the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Minister applauded the World Bank for coming to the aid of the poor and vulnerable people of Nigeria affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

In her words, “ on behalf of the President and the people of Nigeria, appreciate the World Bank for this wonderful gesture of coming to the aid of the poor and vulnerable people of Nigeria and businesses that were affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I believe that the cars that are being inaugurated today will go a long way in assisting the state coordinators of the program in carrying out the herculean task of alleviating the suffering of ordinary people across the country.

Farouq said there was no doubt that the assistance from the World Bank would impact the beneficiaries as well as contribute to the rebuilding of the economy and prosperity in Nigeria.

In his remark, Agba assured the humanitarian minister that the program under the National COVID-19 Action Recovery and Economic Stimulus would assist vulnerable Nigerians who were hit by the pandemic.

He said, “The Federal Government has approved the NG-CARES stimulus program which is a multi-sectoral program designed to provide immediate emergency relief to poor Nigerians, smallholder farmers and MSMEs adversely affected by COVID-19 pandemic using the World Bank grant of $750m over two years, from 2021-2023.”

He said each state would receive $20m over two years, while the FCT would get $15m and the Federal Care Support would get $15m with effect from June 30, 2021.

He noted that the handover of the vehicles was preparatory to the implementation of the NG-CARES

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