The Labour-Intensive Public Workfare (LIPW) implemented by Adamawa State Community and Social Development Agency, (ADCSDA) will engage 1,950 beneficiaries across the 21 local governments under the Nigerian COVID-19 Action Recovery and Economic Stimulus, (AN-CARES) Programme.
The World Bank assisted programme which began with orientation and enrollment targeted youths and women whose ages are between 18-50 from vulnerable homes aimed to provide them with employment opportunities through the development and maintenance of local infrastructure that do not require special skills.
Each beneficiary of the programme will receive 10,000 naira monthly as stipend each for duration of 12 months in the first circle of the programme for executing identified public works in their various communities.
Addressing the beneficiaries in Gombi, the headquarters of the Local Government Council recently, the General Manager, ADCSDA, Prof. Anthony Dami explained that beneficiaries, who are all unemployed, were verified, validated and enrolled into the Labour Intensive Public Workfare.
Dami said the beneficiaries are to carry out mandatory assigned work for at least four hours daily for five days weekly, mark the daily work attendance register, attend and actively participate in life-skill training on designated days, take good care of work tools and materials among others.
“You will be paid 10,000 naira every month, the government is not going to give you the money without you making your own contributions and that is why they are going to engage you into a labour work, your community will select the type of project they want.
“I want to assure that from the management of the agency, you are going to be engaged for one year, and all that is accrued to you, your entitlements, your benefits will be given to you during the orientation.
“The World Bank and his Excellency, so the need that because of the impact of COVID, this programme came on board to cushion the effect of COVID, to help you to regain your sources of livelihood, to engage our youths that are roaming about and doing nothing,” he said.
Dami stated that the educational qualification of the beneficiaries is Secondary School Certificate or below will be deployed to work in their communities.
Prof Dami, thanked Governor Ahmadu Umar Fintiri for supporting the project in the state, which will empower the women, youths, and make vulnerable homes functional and be productive.
The General Manager encouraged the beneficiaries to take the training seriously and endeavour to save some from their stipends which will form the seed money that will enable them venture into various livelihoods proper.
Some of the beneficiaries who spoke include Mrs. Hapsatu Umar and Mr. Bamayi Sunday, whose joy knew no bounds, thanked Governor Ahmadu Umar Fintiri for availing them the opportunity and promised to utilize the opportunity to become self-reliant.
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