AK-Cares N150,000 grant each in Akwa Ibom scheme

Akwa Ibom Expands Community Development Program: 1,055 Beneficiaries to Receive N150,000 Grants Each

Akwa Ibom residents have reason to celebrate! The state’s Agency for Community and Social Development (AKSCDP) is significantly expanding its AK-CARES intervention program.

In the second phase, a whopping 1,055 beneficiaries, up from 353 in the first phase, will receive N150,000 grants each.

This initiative aims to empower low-income families, farmers, and youths, ultimately contributing to Governor Umo Eno’s ARISE Agenda for community development.

Let’s take a closer look at the program:

Increased Support and Transparency:

  • Grant Boost: The N50,000 increase per beneficiary reflects the program’s growing impact, targeting diverse sectors like education, health, and agriculture-based businesses.
  • Rigorous Selection: Beneficiaries are meticulously chosen through the state’s Social Safety Net Register, ensuring they are aged 18-40, actively engaged in a trade, and demonstrate initiative.
  • Monitoring and Tracking: The AKSCDP employs strict processes to guarantee funds are used effectively, with mechanisms in place to monitor and track their application.

Community-Driven Approach:

  • Prioritizing the Vulnerable: The program focuses on poor and vulnerable communities that register with the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development through their Community Development Association.
  • Demand-Driven Intervention: AKSCDP responds to community-identified needs, empowering residents to shape their development. Government intervention focuses on crucial areas like education, health, and water/sanitation.
  • Collaborative Partnerships: The agency works closely with the Social Safety Net Register and payment service providers to ensure a smooth selection and disbursement process.

Impact and Potential:

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  • Empowering Individuals: By providing financial assistance, training, and support, the program equips beneficiaries with the tools to improve their livelihoods, create businesses, and contribute to their communities.
  • Boosting Local Economy: The injection of N157.5 million into the local economy has the potential to stimulate micro-entrepreneurship, create jobs, and improve overall well-being.
  • Sustainable Development: The program’s focus on community-driven initiatives fosters ownership and long-term sustainability beyond the initial grant period.

Looking Forward:

The AK-CARES program expansion marks a significant step towards community empowerment and inclusive development in Akwa Ibom.

As the program evolves, it’s crucial to monitor its impact on individual lives, community well-being, and the overall economic landscape of the state.

Additional Notes:

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  • Include quotes from program officials or beneficiaries for a more personal touch.

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