The Bauchi State Government is set to commence the implementation of the Nigeria Covid-19 Action Recovery & Economic Stimulus (NG-Cares) Programme, having met the eligibility requirements and becoming disbursement effective. About N2.6billion has been approved for disbursement within 2022 with particular emphasis on:
- Bi-monthly Social transfers of N10,000 each to an estimated 3,305 beneficiaries from vulnerable groups to enhance consumption support;
- Provision of social infrastructure in health, education, nutrition, water and sanitation at community level through the execution of 30 community based projects estimated at an average cost of N11million per project;
- Provision of financial support to help about 3,000 MSMEs to recover and sustain their operations through the grant of between N100,000 to N200,000 per beneficiary;
- Provision of employment opportunities to over 900 youth with the payment of stipends of N13,000 monthly to make them work on feeder roads, irrigation schemes, reforestation, security and sanitation services;
- Increase food security and safe functioning of food supply chains with a view to reach up to 10,000 farmers through the provision of agricultural inputs and services, agricultural assets for production and upgrade of wet markets estimated at a total cost in excess of N650million; and
- Provision of short livelihoods and skills to over 1,000 economically active and self employed youth and women at N200,000 per beneficiary.
The various delivery platforms which include the Community & Social Development Agency, the Ministry of Cooperatives & SMEs, the State Emergency Management Agency, Bauchi State Agency for Youth and Women Development, Fadama Programme of the Ministry of Agriculture and the State Social Investment Project Office have fully been equipped and staffed towards implementation.