By G9ija

The United Nations Development Programme, in partnership with the Kano State Government and the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development have launched an unconditional cash transfer project largely funded by the Government of Japan and the European Union.

With a total sum of N2.95bn (equivalent to $7.7m), the project implemented under the Nigeria One UN COVID-19 response seeks to alleviate the socio-economic impact of the pandemic on the poor and vulnerable and strengthen the resilience of communities most impacted by the COVID-19 crisis in Kano State.

According to a statement, the unveiling of the project in the state was officiated by the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Ms Sadiya Farouq; the Governor of Kano State, Dr Abdullahi Ganduje; the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Sustainable Development Goals, Princess Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire; the EU Ambassador, Ketil Karlsen; and UNDP Resident Representative, Mr Mohamed Yahya.

It said, “With over 1,738 recorded cases as of October 5, and the third highest poverty rate in the nation, Kano is one of the five hotspot states burdened by the pandemic nationwide.

Ganduje was said to have highlighted the state’s readiness to collaborate with stakeholder, saying, “We increasingly understand that COVID-19 is more than just a health crisis, which will make achieving the SDGs more challenging than ever before.”

Karlsen stated that the COVID-19 pandemic presented a risk but also an opportunity to make impactful change.