NG-CARES: Ondo Govt Emerges Best Performing State In Southern Nigeria, Third Overall In The Country

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“Our Administration Promotes Accountability and Transparency,” says Akeredolu

The Ondo State Government has achieved a remarkable feat by emerging as the top-performing state in Southern Nigeria and securing the third position nationwide in the NG-CARES program.

The Federal Government, through Federal Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning has conferred Ondo State Government with an Award and Certificate of Achievement as the first best performing State in the Southwest and third overall among the 36 States of the Federation.

The State was adjudged, following the first Independent Results Verification exercise of the NG-CARES in the country. The results was validated by the Federal CARES Technical Committee and approved/published by the World Bank.

According to the first Independent Results Verification exercise, a total of Fifty-Six Thousand One Hundred and Sixty-One (56,161) poor and vulnerable people drawn from the 18 LGAs of Ondo State benefitted from the first implementation cycle of the Programme in the State.

The breakdown of the beneficiaries in the State is as follows:
i. 1,400 Poor and Vulnerable persons comprising aged, chronically ill and disabled
ii. 1,688 Youths – male and female
iii. 47,042 beneficiaries of various micro Projects such as school blocks, health post, water and sanitation project implemented in 53 Communities
iv. 5,560 Small holder farmers and
v. 471 Micro and Small Enterprises

Under the leadership of Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, CON, Ondo State has excelled in implementing the NG-CARES program, which focuses on supporting communities and individuals affected by the socio-economic challenges faced in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic.

This significant achievement is a testament to the Akeredolu led-administration’s unwavering commitment to promoting accountability and transparency in governance.

The government’s dedication to effectively utilizing the allocated resources and ensuring their optimal impact has been key to this recognition.

Governor Akeredolu has consistently prioritised accountability and transparency as core principles of governance, setting an example for other states to follow.

Through meticulous planning, effective project management, and regular monitoring, the Governor has ensured that the NG-CARES funds are utilised efficiently and for the benefit of the people of Ondo State.

This achievement reflects the hard work and dedication of the OD-CARES Steering Committee (SCSC) and the entire team of the OD-CARES Programme.

While celebrating this milestone, Governor Akeredolu reiterates his administration’s commitment to sustained progress and inclusive development.

“We will continue to explore innovative strategies to improve the well-being of our people, ensuring that every sector of society thrives.

“The recognition of Ondo State as the best-performing state in Southern Nigeria and third overall in the country in the NG-CARES program is a validation of our efforts and an inspiration to keep pushing for greater achievements.

“We are determined to build on this success, collaborating with relevant stakeholders to create an even more prosperous and equitable future for all residents of Ondo State” the Governor said.

Governor Akeredolu assured that more lives would be touched as the State prepares for the next cycle of the Programme.

Signed:
Richard Olatunde
Chief Press Secretary to the Governor of Ondo State.
June 13, 2023

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