*Hails Makinde on poverty eradication
By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
National Coordinator of the Federal CARES Support Unit of Nigeria COVID-19 Action Recovery and Economic Stimulus (NG-CARES), Dr. Abdul-Karim Obaje at the weekend urged Oyo State Government to leverage on NG-CARES to improve the infrastructural development of communities in the State.
Speaking in Ibadan during a meeting with the Chairman, OYCSDA, Hon. Tokunbo Adeaga, Dr Obaje emphasized that Oyo state should align its social protection programmes with the NG-CARES guidelines and improve on its contribution to the projects delivery platforms to earn more reimbursement from the World Bank.
“My advice to Oyo State is to put more resources to the NG-CARES, while aligning with the stated guidelines on its various social protection programmes, so as to benefit by earning more reimbursement from the World Bank”, he said
The NG-CARES National Coordinator added, “Oyo State has done so much to eradicate poverty and empower the people through the NG-CARES programmes handled by OYCSDA, it is reflected in the results we get from Abuja, but we need to do more through collaboration.”
He then commended Oyo state government on its multi-prong approaches towards tackling poverty through its social protection programmes.
According to Dr Obaje, parts of programmes included employment of youths, agricultural inputs support, small and medium scale business empowerment as well as intervention in healthcare, education, water, environmental and psychosocial areas in communities across the State through Oyo State Community and Social Development Agency (OYCSDA).
He tasked the administration of Governor Seyi Makinde not to relent in giving succor to the downtrodden in the State.
While responding, OYCSDA Chairman Hon. Tokunbo Adeaga promised to do all within his means to improve on the performance of OYCSDA with the support of the State Governor.
“Oyo State has been know as the Pace-Setter, we will continue to set the pace and we shall take our rightful position in performance of all World Bank-assisted programmes,” he said.