Sokoto State

 

Sokoto State is one of the three states that joined YESSO in the first half of 2018, the others being Ondo and Yobe states. The state has been able to conduct a round of the CBT/SR exercise involving six local government areas from which beneficiaries were mined for Public Workfare and Skills for Job interventions. The local government areas captured in the first round of the operation were Binji, Gudu, Isa, Tureta, Tambuwal and Rabah. Public Workfare (PWF) a and Skills for Job (S4J) ctivitiesactivities currently operates in  these six (6) Local Government Areas of the state with the total number of 1,886 out of 2,135 beneficiaries mined from the single register (SR).  Sokoto state skills for job (S4J) has a total of 961 male and female youths from poor and vulnerable houses were mined from Binji Local Government Area of the state.

 

Sokoto, usually referred to as Sokoto state to distinguish it from the city, it is located in the extreme northwest of Nigeria, near to the confluence of Sokoto River and the Rima River. As of 2005 it has estimated population of more than 4.2 million. Sokoto state is rated as one of the poorest states out of 10 states in Nigeria, ranking 81.2% by the NBS. Its harsh climate condition has made it a no-go area and has prevented foreigners and foreign investors to come for investment in the state. It is also the seat of caliphates. 

 

It would be recalled that, Sokoto state joined the train of YESSO alongside Yobe state on the 27th of June 2018 after which an the immersion training meant to bring the officers from the two states up to speed with YESSO activities, processes and procedurethat was held at sokoto.. took That place at Sokoto Guest Inn Limited. That particular training conducted for the newly recruited staff of the two states was the formal initiation into the YESSO family.  The immersion training was specifically aimed at introducing the newly engaged staff to what YESSO stands for, what it doeswill do and how it isshould be done.  After the training, the process of selecting poorest local government areas via the technique of poverty map ranking of the state was done, where six local government areas were selected to participate in the first round of the operation.

 

The local government areas captured in the first round of the operation were Binji, Gudu, Isa, Tureta, Tambuwal and Rabah. Preparatory to the CBT/SR process (Community Based Targeting) of the selected communities across the six local government areas, a step-down training for CBT team members and enumerators was conducted between the 4th to 6th April 2019  after which field activities including at the Ibro Hotel International, Sokoto.  After the step-down training, data collection and compilation were conducted simultaneously with the CBT hand-in-hand with the various CBT teams. The exercise was fast tracked to beat the June deadline for the transmission of the data to the world bankWorld Bank and FOCU. 

 

Though, the enumeration exercise was to some extent rushed, it was a success as a result of the follow-up enumeration exercise coupled with supervision by focal persons attached to each of the six local government areas. The gathered data from tthe CBT/SR he enumeration exercise after w being cleaned and approved by FOCU and the World Bank is ready to beere mined by the PIUs for intervention. With data available, the coast was now clear and PWF (Public Workfare Unit) commenced its operations thfor intervention activities to commence.

 

Both PWF and NDE have successfully mined and deployed various numbers of beneficiaries under their respective programmes. ereafter with tThe PWF during its orientation of beneficiaries and stakeholders carried out the verification and validation of beneficiaries before deployment to identified worksites in the various communities involved in the scheme. The distribution Verification of beneficiaries, validation, distribution of working tools procured by the state government was also effected for the use of the beneficiaries.g materials, issuance of bank facilities, justJust as NDE commenced the training of beneficiaries at Government Technical College Binji for the selected youths who have been enrolled for the nine months training programme.. Payment of stipends to both PWF and beneficiariesS4J ND beneficiaries on monthly basis has since commenced since July 2019.

 

As it stands now, modalities for the commencement of the second round of the CBT have since been finalized. Twelve local government areas have since been selected with their corresponding poorest communities as okayedOkayed by the world bankWorld Bank. The twelve (12) local government areas lined up for the second round of the CBT are: Tangaza, Silame, Kebbe, Wamakko, Sabon Birni, Kware, Bodinga, Goronyo, Illela, Gada, Yabo and Shagari. Consultants are engaged to conduct enumeration for six (6) out of the twelve local government areas, while SOCU will handle the remaining six, with the exercise runningto run concurrently after approval by the World Bank.due go-ahead from the world bank and FOCU. The crux of the matter is, despite all the hiccups, Sokoto YESSO has since embarked on a promising journey. 

 

The Sokoto State Public Workfare (PWF) activities currently operates in six (6) Local Government Areas of the state with the total number of 1,886 out of 2,135 beneficiaries mined from the single register (SR). The information below here shows the total number of LGAs where (PWF) operates, total number of Male and Female beneficiaries. In Binji, 212 male 123 female total 335, Gudu 43 male 15 female total 58, Rabah 346 male 213 female total 559, Isa 247 male 75 female total 322, Tureta 175 male 118 female total 293, and Tambuwal 168 male 151 female total 319. 

 

Skills for job (S4J) in Sokoto state has a total of 961 male and female youths from poor and vulnerable houses who were mined from Binji Local Government Area of the state. However, a total of 370 male and female youths we’re verified to be available for training. The others did not fulfill the selection criteria. Additionally, a total of 188 male and female youths out of the verified figure were documented. The variance is due to lack of interest to acquire skills by the youth and majority of them could not be located while others were no longer interested. Hence, the number documented participated in the first level skills training which lasted for 3 months. The training comprised of orientation for 3 days, life skills training for 10 days, sector specific skills training for 20 days, entrepreneurship training for 20 days. The beneficiaries are now on internship which will last for 6 months.