By Emmanuel Unah
CALABAR- YOUTHS Employment and Social Network Operations, YESSO, has registered 100,000 vulnerable people across the 18 Local Government Areas of Cross River State, who require financial assistance and skills training to live a worthy life, under a World Bank sponsored project.
N5, 000 a lot of money to the vulnerable
YESSO Coordinator in the state, Mr Bolinwo Ofegobi, in a chat, said: “Some of these people are so poor such that N5, 000 means so much to them, which is why we do everything to make sure they are provided for by social welfare programmes of the government”.
He said YESSO is not an employment agency, but captures susceptible people and those without jobs and train them to attain skills that will help them live responsibly.
“Poverty is not static, that is why we regularly visit communities that we had gone before to record those who may have falling into the poverty net since poverty is endemic to ensure that we capture everyone who needs to be captured on our list”.
He said the project sponsored by the World Bank also identifies those who have basic vocational skills or can be trained to acquire skills that can help them gain employment to sustain themselves and those incapacitated by ailment or are abandoned.
FG adopts 20,000 persons
“From our list, the Federal Government has adopted over 20,000 persons in the state for the Conditional Cash Transfer programme and as I talk to you now, they are given money every month to help sustain them,” he said.
Why C’River govt should make haste Ofegobi asserted: “In Cross River state, we are using a credit provided by the World Bank since 2014 with which we are training 5,000 youths on basic vocational skills, but the state is yet to meet its obligation and the basket for the funding of this project will expire by 2020, which is why we need to make haste as a state in dire need of this programme.”
He stressed the need for the state needs to pay its share of the funds, which is just one percent to show its commitment to the project before the time for the funding by the World Bank expires.