COVID-19 Stimulus:Ekiti, 15 Other States Receive N1.6bn World Bank Grant, Says NEC

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    The National Economic Council (NEC) has said 16 states have so far received N100 million grant each from the World Bank to ease the impact of the COVID-19 lockdown.

    Gov. Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa virtually briefed State House correspondents after the virtual NEC meeting presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Thursday.

    The virtual NEC was anchored from the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

    The World Bank recently made a proposal of $1.5 billion to states as part economic stimulus to cushion the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Sule said that the council received the Progressive Report of its Adhoc Committee interfacing with the Presidential Taskforce (PTF) on COVID-19 to ease the lockdown of the economy.

    He listed the states as Ekiti, Gombe, Niger, Sokoto, Taraba, Oyo, Abia, Enugu, Zamfara, Bauchi, Ebonyi, Kaduna, Kwara, Cross River, Imo and Delta.

    The governor said that the report stated the summary Review Status of States Incident Acton Plan (IAPs) as at Aug. 5.

    “All states had submitted IAPs; 35 states cleared by the World Bank; 22 signed Grant Agreement (GA) and 13 yet to return signed GA.

    “22 states that signed the GA are –Ekiti, Gombe, Zamfara, Sokoto, Niger, Taraba, Oyo, Abia, Enugu, Plateau, Delta, Bauchi, Ebonyi, Kaduna, Kwara, Cross-River, Imo, Yobe, Ondo, Osun, Nasarawa and Benue.

    “Of the 22 states, 16 states had received N100 million grants — Ekiti, GOmbe, Niger, Sokoto, Taraba, Oyo, Abia, Enugu, Zamfara, Bauchi, Ebonyi, Kaduna, Kwara, Cross-River, Imo and Delta.

    “Five states next on the list of payment are – Plateau, Yobe, Ondo, Benue and Osun; one state is yet to communicate account details- Nasarawa.’’

    The governor said that the key highlights of the current four weeks guidelines of the extended second phase were also presented.

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