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Kwara gets N100m W’Bank COVID-19 fund

Tunde Oyekola

The Kwara State Government has received N100m World Bank grant to strengthen its management of the COVID-19 crisis.

A statement said on Saturday that the fund was channelled through the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control after the state had met certain criteria.

The Chief Press Secretary to the governor and spokesperson for COVID-19 Technical Committee, Rafiu Ajakaye, said the disbursement of the fund was part of the ongoing World Bank-assisted Regional Disease Surveillance System Enhancement project, which is coordinated by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control to bridge the funding gap at the state levels for the implementation of the COVID-19 response.

Ajakaye said Kwara was one of the first few states to receive the fund after it was certified fit for the financial support on account of its COVID-19 efforts.

The REDISSE project is to implement critical and time sensitive priority activities related to the pandemic, the statement said.

“The COVID-19 Response Fund for the states will cover the priority activities in areas such as trainings, workshops, meetings, seminar, procurement of goods and services, operating costs, consultancy services and non-consultancy,” the statement said.

 It added that the funds are meant for activities in the approved incident action plan.

“Kwara State is one of the few states that have met the criteria laid down by NCDC and World Bank, hence this has triggered the disbursement of N100m to the state,” it noted.

Source: punchng.com