The Public Workfare program is supporting State Governments to provide immediate labour intensive work opportunities for unskilled youths from poor and vulnerable households who are unemployed with less than JSS 3 certificate (males and females) between the ages of 18 and 35 as well as persons with disabilities selected from the Single Register of poor and vulnerable households and Unified Register of Beneficiaries domiciled at State Operation Coordinating Unit (SOCU). These eligibility criteria are however extended to SS3 dropouts and people that are age 50 or less exclusively for beneficiaries from the North Eastern zone of Nigeria. The other understanding behind the eligibility issue is that not more than 30% of the eligible beneficiaries with lower than SS3 certificate and aged 36 to 45 can be considered from other states.

The Public Workfare Project Implementing Unit (PIU) is the implementing arm of the Public Workfare Component of YESSO in participating states. It is domiciled in Government Ministries, Departments or Agencies (MDAs) responsible for Youth Affairs Since inception, they have worked assiduously in fulfilling its mandate which has resulted in increase in the income and consumption of the beneficiaries and their households. Most significant however is the provision of life sustaining assistance to the poor and vulnerable individuals and households that have been opportuned to participate in the programme.

Designated CDOs in all the LGAs of the State are called for proper briefing and sensitization on how to mobilize their community members including GRMs whose names are on the register for intervention.

Validation and orientation are then carried out either at decentralized or centralized locations in each participating states as approved by the World Bank and on an agreed date and venue. During the course of validation and orientation, the beneficiaries are instructed to come to the centre(s) with valid means of identification to guide against impersonation or any form of error, this is followed by enrollment of the valid beneficiaries into the intervention list (sub-register) using biometric capturing. This enrollment is usually carried out by the Payment Service Provider (PSP) already contracted for that purpose for easy disbursement of stipends to the beneficiaries.

The YESSO PWF Office in conjunction with the LGA through the CDOs thereafter deploy the beneficiaries into various identified labour work  that have already been identified sites in their various communities.

Monitoring is moderated through the beneficiaries' daily attendance sheets being marked during the working period (4 hours per day) and spot checked by the monitoring team. The attendance sheet must be duly signed and be submitted on weekly basis to PWF office. The monthly payment of beneficiaries’ stipend (N7,500) is prorated which is contingent on number of days of attendance and participation at the deployed work site.




The objective of the PWF is to enhance the capacity of participating unemployed young people, to improve economic and social well-being in the community. Through this, the income and consumption of young participants and their households, effective demand in local markets, and household asset ownership, savings, and investments are increased.




  • Increased access to “immediate work” opportunities and income support to unemployed male and female youth.
  • Improved consumption of beneficiaries.
  • Improved, clean and safer surroundings at the community level.
  • Enhanced “capacity” of selected unemployed male and female youth.

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