The Bauchi state government has started the induction of the first batch of 4,736 Youths out of the World Bank assisted Public Work Fare (PWF) Component of the Youth Employment and Social Support Operations (YESSO) which targets 16,350 beneficiaries.
While speaking at the formal launching of the PWF component at the multi purpose indoor sports hall in Bauchi Tuesday, Governor Muhammed Abdullahi Abubakar said the first batch of the beneficiaries were selected from the single register of the poorest households in the identified communities of six Local Government Areas of Bauchi, Dass, Ningi, Misau, Jama’are and Katagum.
He stressed that “selection of beneficiaries was done using processes, procedures and guidelines of the World Bank”.
The Governor who was represented by the state APC chairman, Alhaji Uba Nana reiterated his government efforts towards poverty reduction in the state.
He said the state government had clearly demonstrated its commitment toward implementation of the program and the sum of N42, 624, 000 has been released as counterpart funding for payment of allowances and stipends of N7,500 to each of the beneficiaries.
“This is yet another government commitment to poverty reduction by engaging the poor people of Nigeria towards having access to increased opportunities and social service delivery,”he said.
In a keynote address, state YESSO coordinator, Alhaji Yahuza Adamu Haruna said the YESSO project which started in 2013 had encountered hurdles and obstacles during its conception, identification, designing as implementation.
This, according to him is not unusual with most world bank support projects or programs which normally entails conducting feasibility studies and appraisal.
The coordinator further informed that 126,304 poor and vulnerable households have been registered, out of which 31, 173 households were selected for participation in all the three components of the YESSO project.
He thanked Governor Abubakar for providing the necessary policy direction and financial commitment for the YESSO Project in the state.
In a welcome address earlier, the executive chairman of Bauchi state Commission for Youths and Women Rehabilitation and Development (BACYWORD), Barrister Ahmed Umar Faruk said the PWF component of the YESSO project is a social safety net intervention targeted at improving the living standard of the poor and vulnerable especially those from the local communities.
20 motorcycles were given out to Community Development Officers of the 20 LGAs for effective monitoring of the project in the communities.