The Oyo State government has inaugurated a 9-man steering committee on Covid-19 Recovery to investigate the damage the pandemic caused to the economy of the state.
The Committee was launched by State Governor, Seyi Makinde on Thursday named: “Action Recovery and Economic Stimulus Programme (State CARES).”
The Governor added that the Committee would look into economic recovery for the State post-Covid-19, citing support and services for the poor and vulnerable.
“So, it is about post-COVID-19 economic recovery.
“We want to increase access to basic services such as healthcare, care for the poor and the vulnerable households within the state.
“Also, we want to strengthen the food supply chain for the poor households, because we know that once we are able to tackle hunger, people are able to think correctly,” Makinde stated,
He revealed that the State Government donated Farm inputs to farmers to increase food production.
“We also came up with the one billion naira MSME fund to provide credit at a single-digit interest rate to MSMEs in the state,” he added.
The Steering committee members are :
Commissioner for Finance and Chairman of the Committee, Mr Akinola Ojo;
Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Inclusion Alhaja Faosat Sanni
Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, Mr Ojemuyiwa Ojekunle.
Commissioner for Trade, Industries and Cooperatives, Mr Adebisi Adeniyi
Commissioner for Environment and Natural Resources, Mr Lateef Oyeleke
Director-General, Oyo State Agriculture Development Agency (OYSADA) and the Executive Adviser on Agribusiness, Dr Adebowale Akande.
Director-General, Oyo State Investment, Mr Segun Ogunwuyi;
Executive Assistant on Intervention Fund, Mrs Aderonke Adebayo and the Chairman, Community and Social Development Agency, Mr Ahmed Eesuola.
What you should know
Recall Nairametrics reported that Federal Government through the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), announced its distribution plan for the Covid-19 vaccine deployment to States, with Oyo State budgeted to receive 1,848 vaccines.
Nairametrics also reported in November 2020 that the governor disclosed that the State will increase its Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) for this year by focusing on competitive advantage while keeping the tax rate stable.