On Monday, the Cross River state government began paying monthly 30,000 grants to beneficiaries of the Youth Employment and Social Support Operation (YESSO) as a way to cushion the effect of the COVID-19 lockdown on poor residents.
The disbursement is in collaboration with the World Bank.
The state’s Commissioner for International Development Cooperation, Inyang Asibong, during the start of distribution in the Akampa Local Government Area, said the goal is to assist the vulnerable during this period of the COVID-19 pandemic to address their needs.
He added that the government has approved payment to beneficiaries involved in community services, such as sanitation, gutter cleaning, erosion control, among others.
The state governor, Ben Ayade, had previously imposed new restrictions on state residents, including “no mask, no movement”.
The governor said that no resident of the state could move without a face mask so as to contain the spread of the coronavirus.
Although there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Cross Rivers, it shares a border with Cameroon, which has more than 1,000 confirmed cases.