- The Nigerian government has appointed a national coordinator for the Federal CARES Support Unit
- The appointment was contained in a letter signed by Prince Clem Ikanade Agba, the minister of state, budget, and national planning
- Dr. Abdulkarim Ali Obaje, the new appointee, is the national coordinator of the Community and Social Development Project (CSDP)
The appointment of Dr Abdulkarim Ali Obaje as the national coordinator for Federal CARES Support Unit, Nigeria COVID-19 Action Recovery and Economic Stimulus (NG-CARES) has been approved by the federal government.
Daily Trust reports that this was contained in a letter signed by Prince Clem Ikanade Agba, the minister of state, budget, and national planning.
The appointment will take effect from the date of effectiveness of the federal government programme.
Imaobong Udoh, the director of information, ministry of finance budget and national planning made this known on Tuesday, May 11, in a statement, Vanguard reports.
According to the minister, Obaje’s appointment was based on his track record of service to previous programmes of the Nigerian government.
Legit.ng gathered that the position to head the government initiative has been endorsed by the World Bank Nigeria Office.
While congratulating Obaje, Agba urged him to bring to bear his wealth of experience of over 20 years to his new assignment.
Until the appointment, Obaje served as the national coordinator of the Community and Social Development Project (CSDP).
NG-CARES is an initiative of the federal government being implemented in the 36 states of the federation and the FCT to mitigate the effect of COVID-19 on the rural economy.
This development is coming a day after the federal government announced the reinstatement of all extant control measures aimed at mitigating the impact of the deadly scourge.
The Presidential Steering Committee (PSC) on COVID-19 has reimposed the nationwide curfew earlier put in place to control the spread of the virus.
The committee has also limited gatherings especially in enclosed spaces to a maximum of 50 persons, urging state governments to inaugurate mobile courts to try offenders.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the Cross River state government and Zipline, the world’s first and only national scale drone delivery service, have announced a partnership.
The initiative will witness the use of a logistics network of autonomous delivery drones to help transform access and availability of routine and emergency medicine for millions of people in the state.
The new service will use drones to make on-demand deliveries of hundreds of different vaccines, blood products, and life-saving medications.