Governor .Hope Uzodimma,
Governor Hope Uzodimma of Imo State has flagged off Imo-CARES, the state’s version of the Federal Government’s NG-CARES programme meant to cushion the devastating effect of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on the citizens.
It was another laudable effort by Governor Uzodimma to attend to the needs of the poor and vulnerable in Imo State and more importantly, to deal with the scourge of poverty in their midst.
Flagging-off the NG-CARES programme on Monday at the Ahiajoku Convention Centre Owerri, the governor urged the people to take advantage of the training and support that would follow to defeat the devastating poverty which Covid-19 pandemic had left in the society.
“Today’s programme is a historic milestone in the efforts of the world community, the federal government and the state government, to holistically address the devastating socio-economic effects of COVID-19, which has created a colony of a new poor in our country and indeed the world. This is a salutary programme that will sooner than later erase the devastation on the economy of the poor and vulnerable occasioned by COVID-19,” the governor said.
Governor Uzodimma, however, lauded the federal government, under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari “for its unwavering resolve to better the lives of Nigerians, particularly the less privileged, saying, “This has been demonstrated time and time again through the various laudable intervention programmes of the federal government.”
Governor Uzodimma added: “NG- CARES programme is therefore another manifestation of the government’s genuine concern for the less privileged. I must at this juncture, commend the World Bank for their support to Federal Government and indeed NG-CARES.
“It is self-evident that the devastating effect of COVID-19 pandemic on the world’s economy has forced many countries to restrategise on how best to save their populace from hunger and disease which are the direct consequences of the pandemic.”
He said that Imo State being part of the global community was not immune from those challenges, “hence today’s ceremony which marks the official flag-off of the state wide training and sensitization programme on Covid-19 Action Recovery Economic Stimulus (CARES).”
He said that the programme was fashioned to mitigate the local effects of COVID-19 pandemic on existing and newly poor and vulnerable households in Imo state and that it is “envisaged that within the next 18 to 24 months, the objectives of the programme would have been realized.
“The project development objective is to ensure food security and safe function of food supply chains in the 27 local government areas of the state. This will involve three component parts, namely, distribution of inputs and service provision including seeds and fertilizer and livestock inputs and extension services.”