The Plateau State Microfinance Development Agency (PLASMIDA) has commenced the distribution of IT enhancement equipment grant to local businesses that applied for the Plateau COVID-19 Action Recovery and Economic Stimulus Program (Pla-CARES).
Pla-CARES is part of the Nigeria COVID-19 Action Recovery and Economic Stimulus (CARES) program – a $750 million state-driven initiative backed by the World Bank, specifically for the elevation of businesses affected by COVID-19.
Through the NG-CARES Program, the World Bank in collaboration with the Nigerian Government aims to deliver targeted relief, restore livelihoods and stimulate the economic recovery of vulnerable households and MSMEs in Nigeria.
PLASMIDA, an agency of government responsible for the delivery of the programme’s “Result Area 3” – “Facilitating Recovery and Enhancing Capabilities of Micro, and Small Enterprises (MSEs) commenced the distribution on October 7 in Jos.
At the event held at the Community and Social Development office in Jos, the Technical Head, State Cares Coordinating Unit, Dr. Haggai Gutap lauded PLASMIDA for selecting beneficiaries without bias.
He expressed optimism that the State would impress the World Bank verification team visiting the State in due time.
On his part, Mr. Bonkam Wuyep, the Director General of PLASMIDA and Coordinator, N-CARES Result Area 3 praised the State Governor, Simon Lalong for ensuring that the grants got to businesses in the State.
He enjoined beneficiaries to use the grants to grow their businesses beyond their pre-covid statuses.
The State Coordinator, Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria, Mr. Jonathan Janfa praised the passion and purpose displayed by entrepreneurs in the State.
He urged them to sustain the tempo for their self-sufficiency and income generation. He also charged them to train and mentor younger entrepreneurs.
One of the beneficiaries, Dr. Idris Joseph Nubuya, appreciated the State for its continuous support to local businesses.
Goodwill messages were received from Dr. Moses Tapgun, the Chairman, Board of PLASMIDA, Mrs. Stella Dimlong-Iklama, the Senior Team Official, Pro-Poor Growth and Promotion of Employment (SEDIN) Plateau State Office as well as Mrs. Hauwa Mankilik, the State Coordinator, German Cooperation (GIZ).