Some youths in Kwara State, have made their grievances against the governor of Kwara State, Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq known.
The concerned youths under the aegis of Kwara Youth Alliance for Development (KYAD) led by the president, Olaoye Oluwatimileyin accused the government of allegedly siphoning over $20 million NG-CARES fund targeted at empowering more than three thousand small and medium scale business owners in the state.
The Federal Government of Nigeria, on behalf of the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory, received assistance from the World Bank in the amount of USD 750 million for on-lending to the States and FCT in order to implement a two-year emergency response programme known as NG-CARES.
However, the Government allegedly diverted the NG-CARES Fund and allegedly gave out twenty thousand Naira instead of N3.2million Naira to each beneficiary. It was gathered that each state was allegedly allocated $20 million with thousands of small businesses (3,000 to 5,000) designed to get #3.5 Million naira each.
These small businesses and their names would be supplied by the state coordinator of NG-CARES, and the Federal Government would capture their data including bank details.
Oluwatimileyin called for accountability and whereabout of Kwara’s share of the 20 million dollars, NG-CARES fund. He called on the Federal Government of Nigeria as well as anti-graft agencies, namely, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and Independent Corrupt Practices & Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) to see how Government squandered the fund.