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$750m World Bank Loan: FG disburses N135bn to 36 states, FCT

The Federal Government has disbursed N135.4 billion to states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) following the second Independent Assessment of Results obtained under the Nigeria COVID-19 Action Recovery and Economic Stimulus.

The National Coordinator of the NG-CARES Programme, Dr. Abdulkarim Obaje, conveyed this information in a statement on Sunday by Suleiman Odapu, the Information and Communication Officer at NG-CARES.

The NG-CARES initiative, supported by the World Bank with a budget of $750 million, is a multi-sectoral programme aimed at providing essential emergency relief to vulnerable and poor Nigerians, with a particular focus on supporting smallholder farmers and MSMEs severely impacted by the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Obaje noted that the fund allocation was linked to the results of states and the FCT in their efforts to assist the underprivileged under the NG-CARES initiative.

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The statement said Nasarawa, Cross Rivers, and Zamfara emerged as the top performers, securing N13.6 billion, N10.9 billion, and N10.2 billion in the second round of the programme assessment.

”The top three best-performing states in this Second Round of Assessment are Nasarawa, which earned N13,697,828,496.96, Cross River N10,944,747,818.84, and Zamfara N10,231,055,267.82.

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“This is a milestone achievement in the efforts of President Bola Tinubu’s administration at providing funds towards addressing multi-dimensional poverty in the country,” the statement noted.

Recall that in January 2022, former Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo launched NG-CARES.

Osinbajo said, “The World Bank loan is in the order of $750m, and this will be over two years (2021-2023); the intervention allocation to each state is $20m and $15m to the FCT; there is also $15m for the Federal Cares Support Unit.”


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