The Kwara State has said it will engage.1,210 beneficiaries of the World Bank assisted Public Work Fare (PWF) out of a projected 5000 next week.
The figure would represent the first batch of the Youth Employment and Social Support Operations (YESSO) programme.
Head of the State Public Workfare Unit of YESSO, Mr. Aregbe S.O. Who made this known in Ilorin, the State capital said the development was sequel to the Governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed ‘s directive.
Aregbe said the PWF component of the YESSO programme was targeted at providing immediate labour intensive work opportunities for unskilled youths from poor households, and improve their living standards.
As beneficiaries he said, they would be paid monthly stipends saying the participating youths would be between the ages of 18 and 35 and with less than Junior Secondary School class 3 education.
Aregbe added that the beneficiaries would as from tomorrow be deployed to their respective worksites, which he said, will be within their immediate communities.
According to him, the 1,210 first batch beneficiaries were selected from the single register of poor and vulnerable households in 153 communities across the six pilot local government areas of Asa, Ilorin West, Kaiama, Moro, Ifelodun and Isin in the State.
He disclosed that the beneficiaries will receive a monthly stipend of N7,500 and that the payment will be made directly into their individual bank accounts, which have been opened for them during the orientation programme.
Aregbe added that both the State and local governments would be responsible for procurement of tools for the beneficiaries.