World Bank to empower 16,000 people in Bauchi
By Rita Michael,
About 16,000 people in Bauchi State will benefit from Public Work Fare (PWF), a World Bank intervention programme aimed at empowering citizens of the state.
This was disclosed by the Chairman of Bauchi Commission for Youths and Women Rehabilitation and Development(BACYWORD), Ahmed Umar Faruk, during the beneficiary enrollment exercise held at multipurpose hall Bauchi.
Faruk said that the beneficiaries would get a monthly stipend of Seven Thousand Five Naira (N7,500) for the period of two and half years under the programme.
He said that the program was community-driven.
According to him, “communities come together to select beneficiaries among them and also design the type of services beneficiaries would be made to render to a community which they deem as beneficial to the community.
"These services could be in the form of cleaning their environment, maintaining primary healthcare facilities, desilting of drainages or any other services the community may come up with that is in line with the guidelines of the component," he said.
Faruk also said that Bauchi State was leading in the entire country with the first phase enrollment of over 16, 000 beneficiaries in 12 local government areas of the state, pointing out that “it is for this reason that the World Bank selected Bauchi State to carry out training for new states that are coming on board in the programme. So, Bauchi State has become a reference point in this regard”.
He urged community leaders in Bauchi to ensure adequate monitoring of beneficiaries of public work fare (PWF) to bring about development and economic prosperity to their respective communities.
While commending the efforts of the adhoc staff engaged for the enrollment exercise, Faruk also said, “BACYWORD, as an implementation agency will ensure total compliance with procedures and guidelines in carrying out the PWF component of the programme as stipulated by World Bank”.
He thanked the state governor for approving the timely release of counterpart funding for the programme, describing it as “political will and clear demonstration of government’s efforts toward reducing poverty in Bauchi State”.