YESSO aims at strengthening social safety nets – Coordinator
The Youth Employment and Social Support Operation (YESSO) is aimed at strengthening social safety net system, to reduce vulnerability of poor youths and women in the states, an official said.
Mrs Haijara Sani, Acting National Coordinator, YESSO, said this at a progress review meeting on Saturday in Keffi, Nasarawa State.
Sani said YESSO at the national level, had always been committed to reducing worsening poverty and high level of youth unemployment.
She daid the programme in the states, had been hampered by poor coordination and lack of social safety net platforms.
“That is the reason YESSO is currently only active in 15 states: Bauchi, Cross River, Ekiti, Kogi, Kwara, Niger, Osun, Oyo, Adamawa,Taraba, Gombe, Borno, Sokoto,Yobe, Ondo States,” the coordinator said.
According to her, lack of effective targeting of potential beneficiaries resulted in errors of inclusion and exclusion.
Sani explained that YESSO’s development objectives were to increase access of the poor and vulnerable, using improved social safety net system, to create youth employment opportunities in all participating states.
She said that the programme was also established to provide Targeted Cash Transfers to the poor, vulnerable and internally displaced people (IDPS) in the North East States.
The coordinator said further that YESSO would track the reasons for poor performance in reducing poverty and high unemployment and proffer solutions to cushion the effects of destruction caused by insurgency in the North East.
The National Coordinator, National Social Safety Coordinating Office (NASSCO), Mr Apera lorwa, appealed to states that had adopted the YESSO programme to provide the counterpart funding to accelerate implementation of the programme in their states.
He added that YESSO’s existing structure and systems were meant to help strengthen their capacities for poverty alleviation. (NNN)