Youth Employment and Social Support Operation (YESSO) has called on agencies intending to make donations to Internally Displaced Persons in the Northeast to use its data base in identifying and assisting genuine IDP’s.
Acting National Coordinator of YESSO, Hajara Sami, said this has become necessary to avoid putting resources into wrong hands. The money will be distributed using the e-wallet cashless system.
She stated this at the flag-off of the distribution of N106, 800, 000.00 million World Bank assistance to 3,534 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Gombe State under the Targeted Grant Transfer (TGT) programme of the Federal Government.
“This is one of the components of YESSO, a Federal Government’s conceived programme in collaboration with the World Bank to reduce the hardship of IDPs in the Northeast,’ adding that, “the programme is called TGT and before the distribution, all the IDPs’ Households have been documented through a process called Host Based Identification”, she said.
According to her, “the data collection was reliably done by some Civil Society Organizations (CSO’) to ensure that every household was fully documented, so that we can have a register for the IDPs. Thereafter, this registers are going to be available to other organizations that would want to make use of them. The Gombe State Government has partnered with YESSO to make sure that the process was well conducted”.
She said, based on the programme, every household is entitled to N200, 000, which will be paid in tranches but that right now the first tranche of N30, 000 is what is being disbursed to the beneficiaries using the e-wallet (ATM/POS) cashless system.
Speaking on the credibility of IDPs’ registers, Hajara Sami said all the 15 States that YESSO is operating in have established the register for the poor and vulnerable groups in the States for any intervention from Government, donor agencies or religious organizations.
“Our offices are domiciled in the State Ministries of Budget and Economic Planning and you can go with your criteria to select the type of groups that you want to support. We are not just putting in place these registers just for the benefit of YESSO’s intervention; we are calling on well meaning Nigerians and organizations to visit State Operation Coordinating Units (SOCU) in the Ministry of Budget and Planning to make use of the register.
“So, we want to implore other organizations that are willing to support these IDPs that we have a credible register that they can use to reach out to these IDPs wherever they are. Be they in the camps, like in other states of the Northeast and even in host communities.
“Again, I want you to understand, the IDP Register is very dynamic, because of the peculiarity of the IDPs. They come in and they go out. So, each time we have been informed or intimated about new flow of IDPs, we usually update the register. We document those new ones. And if there are those that have left, we also update the register”, she stated.
She said the next tranche of payment will be coming after three months when the IDPs have been monitored to ascertain how they are faring while subsequent ones will come later.
Abba Jatau, Chairman of IDPs in Gombe State commended the World Bank, the Federal Government, Gombe State Government and the YESSO for the intervention which he said will go a long way in ameliorating their suffering.