From Hafsat Adebayo, Bauchi
Bauchi State Government has approved and released the sum of 19.5 Million Naira as its counterpart funding to a World Bank-Assisted program targeted towards mitigating poverty level in the state.
The State Governor, Senator Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed disclosed this at the flagging off of the second cycle of 20,416 beneficiaries of Public Work Fare (PWF) component of the Youth Employment and Social Support Operation (YESSO), a World Bank Assisted project held at the Multipurpose Indoor Sports Hall Bauchi.
Governor Bala Mohammed said the state government had keyed into the World Bank project due to the positive impact it has to youth and women empowerment initiative in the state.
He noted that for his administration to eliminate the involvement of youth in social vices, his administration would further focus attention towards ensuring their engagement in veritable ventures.
The Governor who observed that no nation could develop if its citizens were in poor condition, assured that programs geared at poverty reduction would be initiated by the state government.
Governor Bala Mohammed also challenged the beneficiaries to make good use of the opportunity by providing services in their respective communities in exchange for the stipend that would be paid to them, in line with the guidelines for the implementation of the PWF component.
Earlier speaking, the Coordinator of the Programme, Alhaji Yahuza Adamu disclosed that the PWF beneficiaries were selected from 14 Local Government Areas of the state and that approval has also been given to capture the remaining of the six local governments under the program.
Alhaji Yahuza Adamu explained that the initiative was designed to support poor families to have access to job opportunities through providing social services to their communities.
Our correspondent reports that beneficiaries were selected from a social register that was generated through an extensive community based targeting (CBT) process carried out by the YESSO State Operations Coordinating Unit (SOCU), which is currently in its sixth round of the CBT process, to further enrich the State social register according to the poverty map of Bauchi State.
Highlights of the event were the distribution of motor cycles to community development officers of some Local Government Areas to enhance monitoring of beneficiaries.