Youth Employment and Social Support Operation (YESSO) Yola project office under the Federal government’s Social Investment Programme is set to flag off an intervention programme targeting 6000 youths across the 21 LGAs in Adamawa state.
YESSO is an arm of the Federal government social investment programme, part of its intervention programme targeting the youths and the vulnerable in the society.
The project team from World Bank led by Dr. Fani Ade and the Adamawa state (YESS) state coordinator Jika Hamidu had paid a courtesy visit on Governor Mohammad Umar Jibrilla to intimate him on their activities in the state and the ongoing preparation for the official flag off of the first trench of 6000 youths to benefit from the programme.
Dr. Ade who was visibly elated with the state government commitment towards the programme thanked Governor Jibrilla Bindow for releasing and approving a grant to facilitate successful take-off of the programme in the state.
He said that through the programme the 6000 youths will be put on N7,500 monthly stipend as part of an effort to overcome youth idleness and unwholesome activities and become responsible members of the society by engaging in useful ventures that will make them self-reliant.
He appealed to the state government to put in more effort to engage more vulnerable youths noting that YESSO project office is ready to engage more than 20,000 beneficiaries in another round of the programme. This he said will go a long way in touching lives of the vulnerable especially the IDPs.
In his response, the Governor who was represented by his Deputy Engr. Martins Babale expressed state government readiness to support and partner YESSO office to achieve the laudable objective.
“It will reduce a lot of things for us, youth unemployment is a disease to us and with this kind of programme it will go along-=way to soften a lot of things he said”.
In another development, the state Deputy Governor has received the torch of unity at the state government house Yola in preparation for the forthcoming 19th annual edition of the 2018 sports festival scheduled to take place at in federal capital territory (FCT) Abuja from 6th – 16th December 2018.
Engr. Babale in the company of the S.S.G Dr. Umar Buba Bindir, the HOS Dr. Louis Mandama, mni, and some commissioners, received the torch of unity from the North-East sports zonal coordinator Dati Musa.
While presenting the torch of unity to the Deputy Governor, the zonal coordinator explained that the torch was officially flagged off by President Mohammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa Abuja and has since been in circulation across the 36 states of the federation.
He said that the torch of unity which heralds the annual sports festival is a symbol of unity’s usually taken around the country transmitting a message of peace and brotherhood among people in the country.
He further revealed that this year’s National sports festival is featuring more than 10,000 athletes and coaches across the country. The government warm reception and acceptance of the torch of unity according to Musa Dati is an indication that the government is fully prepared to approve and support contingents from the state.
Deputy Governor Babale who received the touch on behalf of the state government and good people of the state promised to give all necessary support to ensure a successful and hitch free tournament.
He pointed out that supports create an atmosphere of unity and togetherness among diverse people and believe that this year’s tournament will open another chapter in the history of the country and wish them success throughout the festive period.
Also during the week, the state Deputy Governor in commemorating this year’s world food day called on people in the state to venture into food business to enhance food sufficiency in the state.
Engr. Babale made the call when he declared open 2018 World Food Day Organised by European Union (EU), OXFAM, Crudan Proact project in collaboration with a state Ministry of Agriculture with a theme “Our Action our Future” held at Nyako training center state secretariat.
Deputy Governor Babale described farming as life and advice farmers to engage in organic cropping, reiterated government commitment in enlightening and educating people of the state on the need to engage in farming.
Earlier in her welcome address, the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Agriculture Mrs. Felicia Nzomisaki opined that World Food Day is an annual event observed to support the fight to end hunger in the country pointing out that to achieve the objective, all actors and non-governmental organizations must be involved in raising awareness in schools and houses.
She solicited support from the media to disseminate the message from the state down to the grassroots on the need to enhance food production and appealed to the government to invest in the sector.
There are goodwill messages from the SSG Dr. Umar Buba Bindir, the HoS Dr. Louis Mandamamni, state coordinator OXFAM among others. The highlight of the event was an inspection of farm produce by the Deputy Governor.
Also at Government House during the week, the state Deputy Governor Engr. Martins Babale had received eight (8) lieutenants indigenes of the state who passed out from the Nigeria Defence Academy Kaduna.
Engr. Babale while congratulating them on their successful pass out affirmed that the contribution of Nigerian Army in ensuring peace in the northeast region cannot be overemphasized and pray for God guidance as they go out to serve the country.
Earlier in his speech, leader of the delegation lieutenant Most said that they were at the government house to informed the state government on their successful passing out from the Nigerian Defense Academy after facing rigorous training.
He said that their set has made history in the command and in the state having won an award of bravery presented to them by the Defence Academy, noting that out of eleven (11) of them who went to the Academy, only eight (8) of them passed out successfully.
He assured the country and the state loyalty as they render service to humanity and equally solicit support and prayers from the people and government in carrying out their work.