NG-CARES Programme :Cross River Govt Commences Advocacy And Sensitization In 18 LGAs


The Sensitization program for the beneficiaries of the Nigeria COVID-19 Action Recovery and Economic Stimulus (NG-CARES), across the eighteen Local Government Areas in Cross River State has commenced ,with a charge to beneficiaries to improve on food sufficiency services and expand the social safety net in the state.

The Programme organised by the 

State Community and Social Development Agency (CSDA) under the Supervision of the 

Ministry of International Development  Cooperation  (MIDC) was to broaden the knowledge of participants on due diligence and adherence to rules of engagement.

Speaking at the event in Calabar South, Commissioner for International Development Cooperation, *Dr Inyang Asibong,* said the main objective of NG-CARES  program was to expand access to livelihood support, provide food security services and grants opportunities for poor and vulnerable households in Cross River State. 

*Asibong*  said *Governor Ben Ayade* has approved  Micro-Projects for  various Communities  across the three senatorial districts to benefit from Education, Health, Water and Sanitation as well as Nutrition,with the use of  the existing state Government platforms such as CSDA, FADAMA, State Cash Transfer Unit, Enterprise Development Fund (EDF), and Public Work Fare (PWF) to achieve its objective.

"The NG-CARES is an initiative of the Federal government of Nigeria with assistance from the World Bank to mitigate the effect of COVID- 19 on the rural economy using CSDP, FADAMA  platforms among others" she explained.

The Acting General Manager, Cross River State Community and Social Development Agency (CSDA), *Mr. Fidel Udie*, said  CSDA has supported 328 Communities and 26 Groups to implement 910 multi-sectoral micro projects across all the  Local Government Areas in the State

Beneficiaries who came in their numbers, expressed appreciation to the Cross River State Government with assurances of  readiness to work inline with the rules of engagement when the intervention programe begins.

The NG-CARES was set up following the outbreak of the global  COVID-19 pandemic and the attendant effect on livelihood, food security and access to social services in Nigeria.

Also present at the event were the Chairman of Calabar South, Mrs Esther Bassey and her Vice, Ndabu Robert Hogan , The Chairman of CSDA Board, Mr Toni Ikpeme, traditional rulers, opinion leaders, youth and women leaders amongst others.

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