Being The Speech Delivered By The Special Adviser To The Governor Of Kogi State on Special Projects and Focal Person, Social Investment Programme.
You would recall that few months ago, the Executive Governor of Kogi State, His Excellency Alhaji Yahaya Bello inaugurated Kogi COVID-19 Action Recovery and Economic Stimulus (KOGI CARES) commitee under the Chairmanship of our erudite Mukadam Asiwaju Idris. Kogi CARES is a world bank assisted program in partnership with Kogi State government for economic stimulus. The program consists of 3 Results Areas (RAs) namely;
RA1 – Focuses on Social Protection
RA2 – Focuses on Agriculture and;
RA3 – Focuses on Micro Small and Medium scale enterprises (MSMEs)
BELLO-KEEP is a concept that was initiated for the implementation of Result Area 3 (MSMEs) grants using GEEP platform in partnership with Bank of Industry following the recent approval of Governor Yahaya Bello to engage 100 youth as Agents of BELLO-KEEP for real-time electronic data capturing of MSMEs in Kogi State.
This program will be first of its kind in Kogi State considering the cutting-edge technology that will be deployed in the management of the program across the entire circle from data capturing through the verification to white listing and disbursement of the grants. The program will be implemented in line with global best practice, and in total compliance with the world bank guidelines for transparency and accountability.
It is noteworthy that all the successful agents were selected on trust. Your honesty and dedication to service are expected to be displayed in your best capacity. You all have been entrusted with a huge responsibility and are therefore expected to uphold utmost honesty in discharge of your duty as any act of violation of the program guidelines by any agent will not be tolerated and the offender may be penalized by the appropriate authority.
I sincerely appreciate His Excellency Governor Yahaya Bello for this wonderful initiative in fulfillment of his campaign promises towards human capital development as a priority of of his second term in office and the pledge to do more for the good people of Kogi State.
I wish to also commend the Honourable Commissioner for Finance, Budget and Economic Planning who also double as Chairman of Kogi CARES, Mukadam Idris Asiwaju Asiru, for his untiring commitment and leadership capacity towards the success of this program and to all members of Kogi CARES especially the Honourable Commissioner for Commerce and Industry for your collaborative cooperation, support and team spirit.
Finally, I want to specially thank our technical partner, the Bank of Industry for providing us the technology backbone to drive this programme.
Thank you and God bless you all.
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