We Have Registered Over 100, 000 Unemployed In Cross River State – YESSO Coordinator, Balingwo Ifegobi

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By Isek Violet

The Cross River State Operating Coordinator of the Youth Employment and Social Support Operation (YESSO), Mr. Balingwo Ifegobi has said that its institution have compiled an unemployment database with of over 100, 000 vulnerable youths.

“Yesso is a world bank model that has been tested in other countries and in fourteen other States in Nigeria. We now have a register of more than 100, 000 persons who are vulnerable in Cross River State.” He revealed.

Adding that, “Because of the transparency of that register, the Federal Government of Nigeria is already paying people on that register every month in this State 5, 000 naira each, it is confirmable.”

Mr. Balingwo further stated that, “Poverty reduction is too important to be left in the hands of politicians; we must find a way to reduce poverty because we cannot eradicate it.

He also emphasized that, “Millions of youths out there are vulnerable, poor with no guidance, information and no one to support them. Our duty is to see how we can capture them into our database and see how we can assess and support them.”

The Cross River Operating Coordinator of the Youth Employment and Social Support Operation was Speaking as a guest on Episode 92 of The Dialogue with Agba Jalingo, a topical issue based radio program which airs on Hit 95.9FM Calabar, Sundays 6-7pm.

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