WHO expresses support for Nigeria’s efforts to strengthen health services

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By Modupe Gbadeyanka

About 100 office workers have been trained by the Oyo State Community and Social Development Agency (CSDA) as part of activities to kick-start the Nigeria Covid Recovery and Economic Recovery Action -19 (NG-CARES).

The one-day training, which aims to further clarify how ND-CARES is designed and implemented in the state, brought together participants from Ministries, Departments and Agencies, Local Government Areas and LCDAs from Oyo State.

During his opening speech, the President of Oyo CSDA, Mr. Babatunde Eesuola said that NG-CARES aims to reduce the negative impact of the Covid-19 pandemic in the state.

He said that Oyo State, like other states in the federation, received a loan from the World Bank through the Federal Government for the implementation of the NG-CARES program.

The President further stated that the World Bank-assisted Community and Social Development Project (CSDP) was successfully completed and officially closed nationwide in 2021, while the current NG-CARES replaced the CSDP in the state.

He added that Oyo-CSDA is one of the delivery platforms to be used for the NG-CARES program in the state, while others include the state cash transfer unit of Oyo (OYSCTU), Oyo State Labor Intensive Public Workfare (OYLIPW), Oyo State Agricultural Development Agency (OYSADA)/FADAMA and Oyo State Public-Private Investment Partnership Agency (OYSIPA).

The Chairman of the Board revealed that the State will soon embark on the replication of activities simultaneously with the new World Bank assisted NG-CARES program in the State.

He noted that the training is results-oriented, expressing his optimism that the training will enable participants to identify roles and responsibilities as stakeholders.

Mr. Eesuola also said that the training will adequately equip them for the task of successfully implementing, monitoring and supervising the new project in the state.

Earlier in his welcome remarks, the Agency’s Managing Director, Mr. Salau Jelili, explained that NG-CARES is an emergency relief intervention to cushion the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on livelihoods. subsistence of the inhabitants of the state.

He added that the program will run over the next 2 years, to provide basic micro-infrastructure projects on education, health, water/sanitation and nutrition.

He therefore asked participants to pay attention and contribute meaningfully during the training.

During their separate presentations, Mr. Ikechukwu Chikwe, Prince Sola Oladeji, Ms. Wemimo Bode-Raji and Engr. Bisola Adabanija introduced participants to the program overview, outcome program, user manual, monitoring and evaluation.

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