By Uwumarogie Peter
Gombe, Dec. 13, 2018 (NNN) The Youths Employment and Social Support Operation (YESSO) has begun the disbursement of over N708 million to 3,534 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Gombe.
The Acting National Coordinator of YESSO, Mrs Hajara Sami, made this known to newsmen on Thursday in Gombe, during the disbursement.
Sami explained every household was entitled to N200, 000, which would be paid in tranches, and that the first tranche was underway.
According to the coordinator, the distribution was through an Electronic wallet (E-wallet) card.
“YESSO is distributing over N708 million which has been approved for Gombe IDPs. The distribution is done through E-wallet card based on the documentation of the IDPs through host community based identification.
“The grant is coming at a time that the IDPs needed it the most in view of the festivities. It will help the IDPs in reducing their hardships,” Sami said.
According to him, many of the IDPs have complained of buying water and renting houses in host communities and the high cost of living.
“Every household will be given N200, 000 which will be disbursed in tranches. This is the first tranche of the grant which is N30, 000. The next tranche will be given in three months’ time.
“The total number of IDPs that will be assisted in Gombe is 3,534 and the duration of the disbursement per tranche is three month,’’ she said.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NNN) reports that YESSO is a Federal Government initiative in collaboration with the World Bank to reduce the hardship of the IDPs in the North- East.
The programme is called Target Grant Transfer (TGT).
TGT aims to provide support to IDPs, individuals and households that are willing to relocate to their ancestral communities and undertake economic activities.
Speaking on behalf of beneficiaries, Malam Abba Jalo, the State Chairman of IDPs, thanked both the federal and state governments for coming to their aid.
Jalo noted that with the grant, many of the IDPs would find it easier to relocate to their ancestral communities.
NNN also reports that the grant is in four tranches of N30, 000, N20, 000, N100, 000 and N50, 000 for each household. (NNN)
Edited by Shittu Obassa/Salif Atojoko
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