The State Coordinator of Youth Employment and Social Support Operation
(YESSO) in Ekiti State, Mr. Gbola Otewogbola disclosed this during the
passing out ceremony of the beneficiaries in Ikere-Ekiti.
Otewogbola who spoke through the YESSO Head of Monitoring and
Evaluation Officer (M&E), Mr. Kayode Longe called on the beneficiaries
to take the advantage of the gesture to ensure that they are
self-sufficient and contribute to the development of the state.
He commended Governor Kayode Fayemi for consenting to Ekiti State
collaboration with the World Bank in the training of the 386
beneficiaries in various trades of their choice which includes
Tailoring, Hairdressing, Carpentry and Shoe Making among others.
Otewogbola said that the 3rd cycle of the programme which produced the
386 beneficiaries from Ikere Local Government Areas has earlier
produced 66 beneficiaries from Ado Local Government Areas in the first
circle and another 242 beneficiaries from Ise/Orun Local Government
Areas in the second cycle.
The State Coordinator called on youths especially the unemployed
across the state to make the best use of the various programmes of the
self-employed instead of depending on the white collar job.
Earlier, the Acting Team Head and Head of Monitoring and Evaluation
Officer of the National Directorate of Employment (NDE), Mr. Busuyi
Fagbohun praised the administration of Governor Kayode Fayemi who
through the various skills acquisition programmes is collaborating
with the World Bank and Federal Government to promote the welfare of
the people in the state.
Fagbohun who emphasized that the YESSO programme started during the
first tenure of Governor Fayemi, stressed that his unrelenting efforts
on the programmes has benefitted many Ekiti people.
The NDE Officer stated that the beneficiaries have completed the 3
months programme and are ready to be deployed to their various
training centres in Ikere Local Government Area for another 6 months
in which at the completion of their training, a Starter Pack will be
purchased for them by the World Bank.
He also stated that stipend of seven thousand and five hundred naira
only will be paid to each of them monthly during the training.
Miss Latifat Mustapha and Miss Adesiyan Jumoke who spoke on behalf of
beneficiaries described the programme as worthwile with the current
economic situation in the nation.
They commended the World Bank, Ekiti State Government and the Federal
Government for collaborating to put the programme in place adding that
the opportunity will take them away from the unemployment market.