Sunday, 5 May 2019

Ayade engages another 5,000 young persons for monthly stipends

The cross River State Government has engaged yet another set of 5,000 youths between the ages of 18 and 35 to benefit from the World Bank assisted Youth Employment and Social Support Operation (YESSO).

While signing the beneficiaries register on Thursday in Calabar, comrade Asu Okang, Commissioner for Sport and Youth Development, said the programme was designed to engage the youths in meaningful activities as well as support the governor's food on the table governance policy.

"We are pleased to inform you that we have signed up another 5,000 young people for the YESSO programme, through the efforts of this team and with the support of his Excellency and also in keeping with his vision for the engagement of young people and expansion of government to make it more inclusive for the youths.", He said.

"As a state, we adopted this programme because of the benefits it will have on our young people. He added.

It would be recalled that the YESSO programme had earlier signed up 5,000 young persons in the State who had undergone various type of skills training and are currently being paid stipends of N7,500 monthly.

The Commissioner thanked his members of  staff  for the support he had enjoyed while at the ministry and for all they have been able to achieved collectively as a team under his four years at the helm of affairs. 

He however urged them to keep up with the team spirit even while he may no longer hold sway.

While presenting the beneficiaries register to the Commissioner, State Coordinator of YESSO, Mr Ofegobi Balinwo, said Cross River state is the only state in the South South that have signed up for the programme. He went on to say that the programme had four components which included the Coordination of people into the register, the Conditional Cash Transfer, the Public Welfare Component and the Educational Level for beneficiaries.
He further explained that the programme also trained young people with skills that would aid them to be self-employed.
According to Balinwo, the beneficiaries were selected from vulnerable homes with a view to helping them benefit from the stipend.

"YESSO is not an employment agency. Our duty is to get our youths and women to do some work for themselves and we pay them for that. We are trying to create a social protection framework for the state. We use scientific ways recognized by the World Bank to choose poor and vulnerable people from our communities. We have cash transfer and skills for jobs as components of YESSO."

"YESSO is one programme that every state has paid to sign on. It is not a project. It's an operation. The World Bank only comes in to assist you with funding for what you have been doing. The state has other projects such as Project Hope and Project Comfort. It was through these projects we were able to ride into YESSO.

The Coordinator also disclosed that a new programme called "Special Grant Transfer" meant to cater for people aged 65 and above would soon be introduced. He further revealed that the YESSO programme aims to enroll 22,000 beneficiaries within two weeks.