By Rukayat Akanbi, Bauchi
Towards the elimination of poverty in the State, the Bauchi State Government has approved a counterpart fund of N19.5 Million to a World Bank Assisted program-me during the commencement of second cycle of 20,416 beneficiaries of Public Work Fare (PWF).
The Scheme is a component of the Youth Employment and Social Support Operation (YESSO), a World Bank Assisted project in Bauchi state.
The State Governor, Senator Bala Mohammed said the government had keyed into the World Bank project due to the positive impacts on youth and women empowerment initiative.
He said that for his administration to eliminate the involvement of youth in social vices, there must be attention on veritable ventures.
Bala, while revealing his observation said “that no nation could develop if its citizens were in poor condition”, assured that programmes geared towards poverty reduction would be initiated by the state government.
The Governor however, tasked 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, inline with the guidelines for the implementation of the PWF component.
The Coordinator of the Programme, 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.
Adamu, while speaking, said 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”.
It was gathered that the selection of the beneficiaries was made 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.
Also, motor cycles was distributed to the community development officers of some Local Government Areas to enhance the monitoring of beneficiaries.