I am delighted to stand before you today to officially flag-off the Public Workfare (PWF) and Special Grant Transfer (SGT) components of the Youth Employment and Social Support Operation (YESSO) in Ondo State.

Right from inception, our administration has understood clearly the need to provide social protection for the weak and vulnerable people in our society.  The State Government has, therefore, taken steps to partner the World Bank on several Social Investment Programmes (SIP), namely: The Public Workfare (PWF), Special Grant Transfer (SGT) and the Household Uplifting Programme (also known as the Cash Transfer).

Each of these programmes has a specific target population.  The Public Workfare is designed to provide immediate labour intensive work opportunities for unskilled, uneducated and unemployed youths from poor and vulnerable households in the communities.  We are witnessing today a commendable effort of Government that has provided gainful employment for over four thousand (4,000) vulnerable youths who now participate in productive community service and are paid a stipend of seven thousand five hundred naira (N7,500) monthly.  The Special Grant Transfer is designed for aged and physically challenged with the aim of providing life sustaining assistance to them and to have access to quality healthcare.   In Ondo State, we currently have two thousand seven hundred and fifty -two (2,752) aged and physically challenged beneficiaries who have begun to receive stipends of twenty thousand (N20,000) each on quarterly basis.  This is in tandem with our vision of giving adequate attention to the welfare of aged and physically challenged population across the State.

The Household Uplifting Programme, also known as the Cash Transfer is directed at the poor and vulnerable households in the participating communities.  It is designed to enhance the quality of living in extremely poor households, through a bi-monthly payment of ten thousand naira (N10,000) to each household.  As I speak, three thousand eight hundred (3,800) households are benefiting from the programme in Ondo State.

As a Government, we have the desire to attend to the yearnings of our people and on this we shall not relent.  We will continue to provide the enabling environment for all interventions that attend to the socio-economic development in our State and its citizenry.  It is also our duty to buy in to the various activities tailored to ameliorate poverty in our State.

Ladies and Gentlemen, at present, the aforementioned programmes are being implemented in the six pilot Local Government Areas of Akure North, Ifedore, Akoko South West, Ileoluji/Okeigbo, Ese-Odo and Owo.  I assure other Local Government Areas that they would benefit from the programme in no distant time, as necessary conditions have been fulfilled by the State Government.

Finally, I congratulate all the beneficiaries of the various programmes being showcased here today.  I enjoin you all to make the best use of the golden opportunity and always strive to be good ambassadors of the State at all times.

I have the great pleasure to officially flag-off the Public Workfare and the Special Grant Transfer components of YESSO in Ondo State for the benefit of all.

Thank you and God bless.

A speech by Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, Governor of Ondo State. Read more speeches

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