Yobe govt earmarks N684m for youth empowerment scheme
By Kwiza Mbumbeh, Damaturu
The Yobe State Government in partnership with Federal Government has inaugurated Youth Employment and Social Operation (YESO) recovery scheme for the vulnerable and unemployed youths.
SAHEL STANDARD reports that the scheme has targeted 2,000 youths and vulnerable persons from the six Local Government Areas of the state.
Inaugurating the scheme Friday, at the Government House, Damaturu, Buni disclosed that N684 million, was earmarked for the implementation of the youth empowerment scheme.
He said, “This implementation of this programme comprises cash transfers to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), underprivileged youths and vulnerable households in six insurgency affected Local Government Areas.
“So far, a register of 31,486 households, comprising 162,707 individuals were also identified and cleared by the World Bank.
“Eleven more Local Government Areas are being considered for similar
World Bank intervention and support.”
The Coordinator of the scheme, Alhaji Bukar Kilo said the scheme was launched to reduce poverty and unemployment among 2,000 youths from six affected councils of Geidam, Yunusari, Fika, Nangere, Bade and Jakusko.
He said a monthly stipend of N7, 500 are provided to each of the beneficiaries for one year.
He said that 136,662 IDPs of 31,486 households were identified and cleared by the World Bank for the implementation of scheme.
It was learnt that state government has registered 31,486 households, comprising 162,707 vulnerable persons cleared by the bank.
National Coordinator of YESO, Mrs. Hajara Sami said that after graduation, the beneficiaries would be provided with startup packs to commence application of their acquired skills and trades.
She said the direct cash (N7, 500) transfers were to prevent fraud and ensure transparency and accountability in the employment programme.