By; MOHAMMED KAWU, Bauchi
Bauchi State Government has approved and released the sum of N19.5 million 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 in 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, it would have to 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.
Mohammed therefore challenged the beneficiaries to make good use of the opportunity by providing services in their respective communities in exchange for the stipends that would be paid to them, in line with the guidelines for the implementation of the PWF component.
Speaking earlier, the coordinator of the programme, Alhaji Yahuza Adamu disclosed that the PWF beneficiaries were selected from 14 Local Government Areas of the state, as approval has also been given to capture the remaining six local governments into the program.
Alhaji Yahuza Adamu explained that the initiative was designed to support poor families to have access to job opportunities through the provision of social services to their communities.
Beneficiaries were selected from a social register that was generated through an extensive community based targeting (CBT), a process carried out by the YESSO State Operations Coordinating Unit (SOCU), currently in its sixth round of the CBT process to further enrich the state social register in accordance to the poverty map of the state.
Highlights of the event was the distribution of motor cycles to community development officers of some Local Government Areas to enhance monitoring of beneficiaries.