The federal Government obtained facility from the World Bank to support the implementation of the Youth Employment and Social Support operation (YESSO). The operation is in line with Nigerian Government commitment to poverty reduction by providing the poor people with access to increased opportunities for youth employment and social services. The need for such intervention was propelled by the deteriorating welfare status of Nigerians, especially the rural dwellers.


The Development objective (DO) is “to increase access to the poor and vulnerable, using improved social safety nets systems, to youth employment opportunities in all participating States and to provide targeted grant transfers to the poor vulnerable and internally displaced people (IDPs) in the North East States”.

Components of YESSO

  • Strengthening the Social Safety Net System in Nigeria
  • Public Workfare (PWF)
  • Skill for Job (S4J)
  • Targeted Grant Transfer (TGT)
  1. Coordination: Strengthening Social Safety Net (SSN) systems, M&E, Reporting and Management of Accounts
  2. Public Workfare: To provide labour intensive short-term work opportunities for youths and women with less than JSS3 education.
  3. Skills for Job: To provide economically viable skill sets to youths and women with more than JSS3 education.
  4. Targeted Grant Transfer: To provide Grant Transfers to IDPs, Individuals and Households for relocation or resettlement.


6 Rounds of Community Based Targeting/Single Register (CBT/SR) conducted in the 20 LGAs of the State.

  • 1,200 Communities identified
  • 34,788 Poor and Vulnerable Households (PVHH) identified and enumerated
  • Single Register (SR) of Poor and Vulnerable Households established in the State
  • 219,845 individuals identified in the Single Register (SR)
  • 52,000 P&V Households mined by the PWF Component
  • 4,173 PWF beneficiaries engaged
  • Enrolment and payment of 23, 313 Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) beneficiaries
  • Unified Register of Beneficiaries (URB) of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the State established
  • 13,846 Internally Displaced Person’s Households (HHs) identified and enumerated
  • 76,827 IDPs identified and enumerated in the Unified Register of Beneficiaries (URB)
  • 549 S4J beneficiaries trained and paid
  • 10,102 IDPs HHs identified, enumerated and paid
  • Enrolment and payment of 10,025 IDPs by TGT
  • Enrolment of 20, 416 PWF beneficiaries