Gombe YESSO identifies 41,871 poor, vulnerable persons in 3 LGAs

Gombe State office of Nigeria Youth Empowerment and Social Support Operation ( YESSO ) has identified 41,871 poor and vulnerable persons from three local government areas of the state to be assisted.

Mr Melton Sundu, the Monitoring and Evaluation officer of YESSO Gombe disclosed this to the News men in Gombe on Tuesday. Sundu said the figure was derived from 15,342 households in Balanga Nafada and Yamaltu-Deba local government areas.

He said out of the number identified, 12, 559 were already uploaded on its website, adding that the organisation was currently working on the remaining figures. He said the aim of the exercise was to obtain a single register of the poor and vulnerable persons in the state to effectively assist them.

According to him, the programme is designed by the Federal Government in collaboration with the World Bank to address the rate of poverty among individuals and to empower the youths. “The register will make things easier whenever the need arises to assist them,’’ he said.

Sundu said the organisation would soon capture the remaining eight local government areas in Gombe, to ascertain number of poor and vulnerable in the state. He said the organisation had also gotten number of Internally Displaced Persons ( IDPs ) in the state from the National Emergency Management Agency ( NEMA ) and State Emergency Management Agency ( SEMA ).

The monitoring and evaluation officer said the exercise was to verify and authenticate the number of IDPs in the state that would benefit from the Federal Government’s packages for those who want to go back to their homes. He said packages such as relocation, settlement and feeding were available to the IDPs by the state in collaboration with the Federal Government. “But those who do not want to go back to their respective states they are only entitled to feeding.’’