No fewer than 169 individuals from vulnerable households were trained on Friday in Benin to take advantage of the Nigeria CARES (COVID-19 Action Recovery and Economic Stimulus (N-CARES) codename EDO-CARES) grants in Edo.
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Youth and Humanitarian Affairs, Ms. Ifueko Alufohai, who revealed this during a one-day livelihood training and orientation organized by the State Cash Transfer Unit (SCTU), explained that the beneficiaries would receive grants ranging from N20,000 to N200,000.
Alufohai explained that the N-CARES was a World Bank-funded emergency relief program designed to alleviate the negative impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on livelihoods, especially of the operators of informal sector businesses.
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The head, State Cash Transfer Unit, Flora Bossey, said in her welcome address that the program is designed for economically active youth and women.
According to Bossey, “This program is the Disbursement Linked Indicator (DLI 1.3) under the EDO-CARES Livelihood Support Program, one of eleven DLI supported by the state government.
“The program is taking place in two local government pilot areas, Oredo and Ikpoba-Okha in the state. The beneficiaries were selected from the national register for poor and vulnerable households.
“The state government has made it possible for beneficiaries to receive grants to improve their businesses affected by COVID-19.
She added that the training was the first round of livelihood and soft skills training to support the beneficiaries’ businesses before the grants would be paid out.
Speaking on behalf of the beneficiaries, Ms Precious Osunde thanked the state government for the kind gesture and promised to expand her business with the grant.