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Implementation of COVID-19 Action Recovery Stimulus in Nigeria impressive — World Bank


Implementation of COVID-19 Action Recovery Stimulus in Nigeria impressive — World Bank

Mr. Dhushyanth Raju, the Practice Manager, Social Protection and Jobs, African Region, World Bank, says the implementation of the Nigeria COVID-19 Action Recovery and Economic Stimulus (NG-CARES) is impressive.

Raju said this at a meeting with the federal team in charge of NG-CARES, led by Mr. Aso Vapkoraye, the chairman, of the Federal NG-CARES Technical Committee on Tuesday in Abuja, Nigeria.

“It has been a wonderful interaction with the officials of NG-CARES. I was involved during the designing process of its operation.

“So, learning from the authorities on where they stand today is something that refreshes my memory and education on this.

“What I have learned also is that the project has been activated and they have moved forward in setting up implementation arrangements

“Now, they are in the process of getting the results on the ground. It is an exciting stage for all of us as we move forward,’’ he said.

According to him, the World Bank is looking forward to learning more from NG-CARES officials as it gets results that have impacted Nigerians.

“While they are providing cash transfers to the poor, grants to farms, and agricultural inputs to farmers, we will also like to see the impact of the program on the lives of individuals and improvement on the lives of the poor and vulnerable.

“The first year target is very important, the government has some promising results to share with us in the results framework and it will be important to make sure that those results are indeed reliable.

“So, I look forward to the team going into the states to verify the implementation results,’’ he said.

Also speaking, Prof. Foluso Okunmadewa, World Bank, Lead Specialist, Social Protection and Task Team Leader for NG-CARES, said the meeting had availed the federal team the opportunity to update the practice manager on the successes so far recorded.

Okunmadewa said the team also informed the practice manager about the challenges and recommendations that they have, which they want the World Bank to consider moving forward as it would help the project to have an adequate impact.

“He has offered some advice, given his own level of knowledge about social protection in other countries and what the team should do going forward,’’ he said.

Similarly, the National Coordinator of NG-CARES, Dr. Abdulkarim Obaje, commended the practice manager for the opportunity to interact with the officials to share their achievements and challenges.

Obaje expressed optimism that the pace of the implementation of the programme would be accelerated, adding that before the end of this year, NG-CARES would record substantial success in terms of the results that would be posted.

He gave his assurances that the team would do everything possible to ensure that no aspect of the credit facility was canceled.

“We are going to work round the clock to ensure that the 750 million dollars NG-CARES World Bank credit is used for the benefit of poor and vulnerable Nigerians,’’ he said.

Earlier, the Chairman of, the Federal NG-CARES Technical Committee, Vapkoraye, described the meeting as timely going by the position of the implementation of the programme.

He also said that the Federal Government was zealously putting all efforts toward the success of the programme.

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