COVID-19: Kano secures $1.1m EU, Japan grants
By Abdulyassar Abdulhamid
Kano State has secured $1.1m Japan and European Union (EU) grants targeted at specific individuals and Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs).
The grants are meant to support communities badly affected by the economic impact of the Coronavirus pandemic.
The programme, which was facilitated through the office of the Special Adviser to Governor Ganduje on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Habibu Yahaya Hotoro, who doubles as the coordinating Focal Person of the Northwest Zonal SDGs Hub, would alleviate some fears of what people could face in POST-COVID-19 period.
A total number of 1,600 individuals and 630 SMEs will benefit from the grant, which is on Cash-For-Work arrangement.
A letter signed by Lealem Dinku, the Officer in Charge, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and captioned “Support to communities affected by the COVID-19 pandemic in Kano State”, was forwarded to the governor.
Letter which was dated 3rd August, 2020, and referenced ORG/4071 stated that “…the United Nations has undertaken several initiatives to support the communities affected by pandemic.”
According to the letter, “…the COVID-19 pandemic has caused infections, deaths and untold hardships to the most vulnerable particularly the urban poor in hotspots locations across the nation…”
It added: “It is in this regard that UN Development Programme (UNDP) in Nigeria in collaboration with the government of Japan, has initiated a project to support selected vulnerable communities affected by the socio-economic impact of COVID-19 to minimise the impact of job and livelihood losses and to also help contain the spread of the Virus.
“We have identified Kano state…as key target state and will be working closely with your office and selected communities in implementing this initiative.”
Governor Ganduje has directed Hotoro that the most vulnerable people should be the target of the programme.
According to Hotoro, in line with the governor’s directive, 500 new bank accounts have been opened for those who had never benefited from any form of intervention in the past.
He added that the government would take responsibility of the all bank charges must on behalf of the selected beneficiaries.
He said: “This is all is in the Ganduje administration’s efforts to effectively cushion the effect of the hardships caused by the pandemic.”