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Field Exercise Training on Community Based Targeting

Posted by on Fri, 10/27/2017 - 23:01

At the beginning of the session facilitators were trained on the ideas of community mobilization and engagement, then arranged a group for role play. They were also trained on the principle and practice of Community Based Targeting and were enjoined to internalize as they are the basis for the excercise.
The groups visited communities to get hands-on experience of the process. They later presented their generalized group findings

REPORT OF YESSO MID TERM REVIEW MEETING, MADUGU GUEST PALACE HOTEL, GOMBE, 11-12 OCTOBER 2017

Posted by on Fri, 10/27/2017 - 22:58

Introduction
The Mid-term Review of the Youth Employment and Social Support Operation (YESSO) aims. to assess whether the project is on track to meet the Programme Development Objective (PDO). It is intended to assess the project design, results framework, operations modalities and institutional arrangement, risk and reporting system in relation to the present realities of the project milieu. The evaluation will also help identify potential course corrections before the project ends in 2020. The review addresses the following eight questions:
• Is the project generating results to show its impact on its intended target audience?
• Is the institutional structure, at all levels apposite to achieve objectives set out for the project?
• How relevant is the PDO and project design to addressing contemporary social safety nets issues in Nigeria?
• Are there implementation delays that affect timely achievement of the PDO?
• How efficient has project team followed the guidelines in implementation, especially as it relates to establishing a Single Register?
• How effective has the use of the SR been in identifying beneficiaries in comparison to other existing methods?
• How are the intervention components progressing?
• What are the bottlenecks being experienced in the present CBT/SR implementation?

Methodology
The entire YESSO team discussed reports of two independent bodies, in groups, 5 thematic areas viz: (a)...

OSUN YESSO ENGAGES 1,131 UNEMPLOYED YOUTHS FOR PUBLIC WORKS

Posted by on Fri, 10/27/2017 - 22:54

By way of an improvement on the mechanisms of public works in Nigeria specifically under the Osun Youth Employment Scheme (OYES) in targeting not only poor for certain benefits but also to use the emerging labour force to build economic infrastructure,The Federal Government of Nigeria in close partnership with 20 States and the World Bank designed Youth Employment and Social Support Operation (YESSO) a Social Safety Net Operation to ensure proper targeting of the poor and vulnerables, and implementation of the various Safety Net interventions. However, only 10 States – Osun, Oyo, Ekiti, Kwara, Kogi, Niger, Bauchi, Cross River, Borno, Gombe have been able to fulfil the criteria to benefit from the Operation

YESSO with the objective of increasing access of the poor and vulnerable, using improved Safety Net Systems to youth employment opportunities in all participating States has four components namely; Strengthening the Social Safety Net System in Nigeria, Public Work Fare Program, Skills for Job, and Targeted Grant Transfer.
Public Workfare (PWF) mainly as a short term safety net to provide the poor with a source of income through temporary employment in labor-intensive projects that either create new infrastructure or maintain existing infrastructure. The key factors in implementing the Public Workfare (PWF) Component of YESSO are; identifying and reaching the target population of beneficiaries through Community-Based Targeting, setting the right stipend,...

YESSO FOCU Commended Osun YESSO

Posted by on Fri, 10/27/2017 - 22:53

Within the serene confines of Western Sun Hotels at Ede North Local Government, a critical aspect of the CBT exercise was carried out recently , and that is a Stepdown Training of Local Government officials, who are the prime facilitators of the CBT exercise. At the event, the representative of National Coordinator of YESSO, Abuja, Mr Alaefule Uche C. mentioned that Osun is leading in its dispensation of CBT scheme in Nigeria and encouraged all stakeholders especially Local Government Officials to keep the flag flying and ensure that poverty becomes a thing of the past to majority in our society.

House of Assembly Member Appreciates CBT

Posted by on Fri, 10/27/2017 - 22:52

Within the serene confines of Western Sun Hotels at Ede North Local Government, a critical aspect of the CBT exercise was carried out, and which is a Step Down Training of Local Government officials, who are the prime facilitators of the CBT exercise.The FOCU (Federal Operation Coordinating Unit) representative mentioned that the State of Osun is leading other States of the Federation in the population of the single register of poor and vulnerable in the society and the State Coordinator of YESSO, Mr Femi Ifaturoti enjoined participants to work assiduously to ensure that they contribute their quota to alleviate poverty by ensuring that those that would be enlisted in the register are actually the poorest in each community. Hon Tunde Olatunji of Osun House of Assembly appreciated the YESSO way of doing things as it is bound to promote strengthening of institutions and entrench value system in Governance.

Osun YESSO begins 4th Phase of CBT Exercise

Posted by on Fri, 10/27/2017 - 22:47

Community Driven Development (CDD) aimed at putting the Communities in the driver’s seat when it comes to matters affecting them. It is a process that contracts community groups or intermediary agents to identify, validate and select specific members of the community for targeted social safety nets interventions e.g. Federal Cash Transfer scheme, YESSO Public Workfare scheme among others
To achieve this, Osun Youth Employment and Social Support Operation (YESSO) assisted by the World Bank recently obtained a nod from the World Bank to continue with the processes that will lead to population of the State’s single register of poor and vulnerable people. A phenomenon that started in 2014 which has now reached its fourth phase in the State of Osun.

The State Coordinator of YESSO, Mr Femi Ifaturoti reinstated the view of the representative of the National Coordinator that the State of Osun is leading other States of the Federation in the population of the single register of poor and vulnerable which has led to the implementation of Cash Transfer, Public Workfare and Skills for Job components of the operation. He also enjoined participants to work assiduously to ensure that they contribute their quota to alleviate poverty by ensuring that those that would be enlisted in the register are actually the poorest in each community.
The Participants were armed with concepts such as poverty and vulnerability, CBT Principles and Practices, Responsibilities of...

Mid Term Review of Youth Employment and Social Support operation (YESSO) in Osun

Posted by on Mon, 09/25/2017 - 23:53

The World Bank through one of its Social Protection Specialists, Prof. Wale Oni met with stakeholders in the State on Mid Term Review (MTR) between 20th and 22nd September, 2017. The Stakeholders include SOCU (State Operation Coordinating Unit), PIU-PWF (Project Implementation Unit –Public Workfare) and S4J (Skills for Job).
The MTR is essential to assess the performance of the operation towards achieving the Project Development Objectives (PDO) in terms of project design, results framework, operations modalities, institutional arrangement and reporting system and also to present a clear recommendation for steering the operation.
Some highlights of the meeting include field visit to Skill Centres for beneficiaries on S4J, interactive sessions on institutional arrangements, risk assessment and sustainability plans.

The present institutional arrangement does not include Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) which was a component of YESSO but now under NCTO (National Cash Transfer Office). NCTO placed little or no conditionality on criteria for selecting beneficiaries or households receiving cash

The YESSO components in Osun are mainly:
i) Strengthening the Social Safety Net (SSN) System- creating and strengthening a social protection platform anchored on effective SSN coordination with central platform that consists of a targeting system, a register of poor and vulnerable households and individuals which is the responsibility of SOCU
ii)...

Osun recently turned 26

Posted by on Thu, 08/31/2017 - 12:48

Osun recently turned 26 as a Governance Component of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. It was not the time for merriment or elaborate celebration. Rather, it offers an opportunity for sober reflection on the past ideas, present experience and future prospects.

The current economic recession in the Country has engendered fresh reality check about the viability of many of the existing States. Indeed, there have been a sharp reduction in the agitation for creation of more States. Whilst current decline in the economic fortunes of the states cannot be placed totally at the doorstep of all Governors, yet the ultimate test of Good Stewardship would be based upon how prudently individual Governors have managed their space, even despite meagre resources based upon sound development templates, and principles of public accountability. It is the Governor, State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola made copious reference in his short but candid message to the Citizen of the State to commemorate the 26th Anniversary of creation of the State.

After taking stock of the administration's pioneering programs and recalling how his administration has been able to respond to yearning and aspiration of the people said he “under our watch in nearly seven years, we have worked hard to establish a people-friendly government whose resources have been judiciously used for the development of the people in every area. Though we went through a daunting financial challenge occasioned by...

OSUN SET TO ENROL 2869 UNEMPLOYED YOUTHS FOR SKILLS-FOR-JOB

Posted by on Fri, 08/11/2017 - 15:31

In a society filled with risks and potentials, people use social protection and labour market programmes to manage risks and volatility, protect them from destitution and connect to opportunities. However, for implementers of social protection and labour market programmes, stakeholders’ engagement is the most important activity that can encourage ownership of the programmes by the beneficiaries. The Skills-for-Job(S4J) component of Osun YESSO which is about building skills of youths between 18-35 years who are unemployed and with a minimum of JSS 3 educational level kicked-off with a 2-day orientation held on 20th and 21st July, 2017 for the S4J team. The S4J team mined potential beneficiaries from Osun YESSO Single Register of Poor and Vulnerable Households which was generated from the Community-Based Targeting exercise facilitated by the State Operation Coordinating Office (SOCU) on 23rd July, 2017. A total of 2,869 potential beneficiaries were mined from 18 LGAs with 633 from urban communities and 2,236 from rural communities.

To ensure full enrolment of all mined potential beneficiaries in this programme, the State Operation Coordinating Unit, OSUN YESSO convened a Stakeholder's meeting at the Conference room of the Bureau of Social Services (BOSS) Wednesday August 9, 2017. In attendance were Executive Secretaries of the eighteen (18) Local Government Areas which have so far been captured in the Single Register of Poor and Vulnerable Households. The LGAs are...

Bisi Akande Interchange Bridge Gbongan- Akoda Road at Advance Stage of Completion

Posted by on Mon, 05/22/2017 - 16:50

Bureau of Social Services (BOSS) Visited 7.5km road project starting with Interchange Bridge from Gbogan junction, Ibadan- Ile Ife Ilesha express road, and passing through Gbongan to Ode-Omu to Akoda to ascertain the status of the project.

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