Cross River State

 

Cross River is a state in the south-south Nigeria, bordering Cameroon to the east. Its capital is Calabar and its name is derived from the Cross River which passes through the state. The state was created in 1987. The state is rated 33.1% of poverty by the united nation poverty index. Unemployment and poverty are two major problems that any society intending to achieve economic growth and development must tackle.

 

Cross River is a state in the south-south Nigeria, bordering Cameroon to the east. Its capital is Calabar and its name is derived from the Cross River which passes through the state. The state was created in 1987. The state is rated 33.1% of poverty by the united nation poverty index. Unemployment and poverty are two major problems that any society intending to achieve economic growth and development must tackle.

 

Cross River State Youth Employment and Social Support Operations (YESSO) started operation in 2013 and is currently in the 18 Local Government Areas of the State. Presently, the State Operating Coordinating Unit (SOCU) has successfully completed six rounds of Community Based Targeting Exercise (CBT) with a total number of 43,957 Households, 240,800 individuals of which 114,227 are male and 126,573 are female on its Single Register. This number cuts across 1,200 communities and over 10,000 households from the Single Register are currently benefitting from the Federal Government Conditional Cash Transfer.

 

The Community Based Targeting (CBT) is the blueprint of the (YESSO) project. This exercise has created an effective avenue for interventions by both public and private organizations which has in turn impacted positively on the lives of the poor and vulnerable in the State. The Community Based Targeting mechanism is to ensure that we train Local Government officers to undertake and engage these communities, by guiding these community members using their own definition of poverty to identify poor and vulnerable individuals from within the communities and we also train enumerators to visit each and every household and collect Socio-economic data or variables of these households and put unto our data base of the poor and vulnerable.

 

The Public Workfare (PWF) component of the Youth Employment and Social Support Operations (YESSO) started implementation in June 2018, following the release of 45 million naira counterpart fund and an additional 10 million naira for the purchase of simple work tools for beneficiaries by the State Governor, His Excellency, Sen. (Prof.) Ben Ayade. Validation, biometrics capturing and orientation exercise was conducted for 5000 beneficiaries mined from the Single Register (SR).

 

The exercise deployed and enrolled 4,953 beneficiaries from Abi, Bakassi, Biase, Bekwarra, Calabar Municipality, Calabar South, Etung, Obanliku, Obubra, Odukpani, Ogoja and Yala Local Government Areas, disaggregated into 2,188 males and 2,765 females in the first cycle, who thereafter deployed into (PWF). Subsequently, the final cycle had 4,862 beneficiaries validated, deployed and enrolled out of the 5000 mined beneficiaries drawn from Akamkpa, Akpabuyo, Boki, Etung, Ikom, Obudu and Yakurr Local Government Areas with a total of 2,122 males and 2,730 females. As a result, the state (PWF) has deployed and enrolled 9,815 beneficiaries who are currently receiving monthly stipend of N7,500 only.

 

Cross river state number of households in the single register is 34,442, 181,276 individuals, 86,027 male, 95,249 females. The public workfare (PWF) mined the total number of 9,785 in the (SR) validated/enrolled 9,785, total paid up to date 3,484, male 1,271, 2,213 females. Skills for job beneficiaries has 2,596 in the state. These beneficiaries are trained in the sector specific endearvour they have chosen, life skill and enterpreneurship for 3 months before they were deployed to Private Sector Operators for internship for 6 months. While they were on the 9 months training they were monthly paid stipends of N7,500 each and when they finish the training they are supponsored to sit for NABTEB modular Examination. All the beneficiaries will be given statrter packs at the end of the 9 month training.

 

Collectively, the beneficiaries and the Village Heads also appealed for the YESSO intervention programme to be sustained so that more youths can benefit from the programme. They adjudged the programme as one of the best Social Safety Net Programmes in recent years that is committed to engaging the youths in a positive way. The programme is among other things: to Increase access of youth to immediate work opportunities and income support to unemployed youth; increase access to basic social and economic infrastructure; enhance capacity of selected unemployed male and female youths.



Cross River State

 

Cross River is a state in the south-south Nigeria, bordering Cameroon to the east. Its capital is Calabar and its name is derived from the Cross River which passes through the state. The state was created in 1987. The state is rated 33.1% of poverty by the united nation poverty index. Unemployment and poverty are two major problems that any society intending to achieve economic growth and development must tackle.

 

Cross River is a state in the south-south Nigeria, bordering Cameroon to the east. Its capital is Calabar and its name is derived from the Cross River which passes through the state. The state was created in 1987. The state is rated 33.1% of poverty by the united nation poverty index. Unemployment and poverty are two major problems that any society intending to achieve economic growth and development must tackle.

 

Cross River State Youth Employment and Social Support Operations (YESSO) started operation in 2013 and is currently in the 18 Local Government Areas of the State. Presently, the State Operating Coordinating Unit (SOCU) has successfully completed six rounds of Community Based Targeting Exercise (CBT) with a total number of 43,957 Households, 240,800 individuals of which 114,227 are male and 126,573 are female on its Single Register. This number cuts across 1,200 communities and over 10,000 households from the Single Register are currently benefitting from the Federal Government Conditional Cash Transfer.

 

The Community Based Targeting (CBT) is the blueprint of the (YESSO) project. This exercise has created an effective avenue for interventions by both public and private organizations which has in turn impacted positively on the lives of the poor and vulnerable in the State. The Community Based Targeting mechanism is to ensure that we train Local Government officers to undertake and engage these communities, by guiding these community members using their own definition of poverty to identify poor and vulnerable individuals from within the communities and we also train enumerators to visit each and every household and collect Socio-economic data or variables of these households and put unto our data base of the poor and vulnerable.

 

The Public Workfare (PWF) component of the Youth Employment and Social Support Operations (YESSO) started implementation in June 2018, following the release of 45 million naira counterpart fund and an additional 10 million naira for the purchase of simple work tools for beneficiaries by the State Governor, His Excellency, Sen. (Prof.) Ben Ayade. Validation, biometrics capturing and orientation exercise was conducted for 5000 beneficiaries mined from the Single Register (SR).

 

The exercise deployed and enrolled 4,953 beneficiaries from Abi, Bakassi, Biase, Bekwarra, Calabar Municipality, Calabar South, Etung, Obanliku, Obubra, Odukpani, Ogoja and Yala Local Government Areas, disaggregated into 2,188 males and 2,765 females in the first cycle, who thereafter deployed into (PWF). Subsequently, the final cycle had 4,862 beneficiaries validated, deployed and enrolled out of the 5000 mined beneficiaries drawn from Akamkpa, Akpabuyo, Boki, Etung, Ikom, Obudu and Yakurr Local Government Areas with a total of 2,122 males and 2,730 females. As a result, the state (PWF) has deployed and enrolled 9,815 beneficiaries who are currently receiving monthly stipend of N7,500 only.

 

Cross river state number of households in the single register is 34,442, 181,276 individuals, 86,027 male, 95,249 females. The public workfare (PWF) mined the total number of 9,785 in the (SR) validated/enrolled 9,785, total paid up to date 3,484, male 1,271, 2,213 females. Skills for job beneficiaries has 2,596 in the state. These beneficiaries are trained in the sector specific endearvour they have chosen, life skill and enterpreneurship for 3 months before they were deployed to Private Sector Operators for internship for 6 months. While they were on the 9 months training they were monthly paid stipends of N7,500 each and when they finish the training they are supponsored to sit for NABTEB modular Examination. All the beneficiaries will be given statrter packs at the end of the 9 month training.

 

Collectively, the beneficiaries and the Village Heads also appealed for the YESSO intervention programme to be sustained so that more youths can benefit from the programme. They adjudged the programme as one of the best Social Safety Net Programmes in recent years that is committed to engaging the youths in a positive way. The programme is among other things: to Increase access of youth to immediate work opportunities and income support to unemployed youth; increase access to basic social and economic infrastructure; enhance capacity of selected unemployed male and female youths.