Communication Specialists under the Federal Government’s World Bank Assisted Project, Youth Employment and Social Support Operations (YESSO) have been challenged to be more proactive in highlighting the achievements of the projects in Nigeria.
The Head of Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) of the YESSO Project at the Federal level Mallam Atiku Abubakar Musa threw the challenge in Ibadan, Oyo State, during a training program titled Communication for Development organised for communication specialists under the YESSO Project across the states.
Musa said that as the project is gradually coming to an end, more efforts should be geared towards projecting the achievements and lessons learnt during the implementation of the project in the country.
The M&E head, who complained bitterly on the performance of some of the communication officers, said that YESSO Project had surpassed its target with even the limited resources and that communication officers have a lot to report on.
“It is really demoralizing to note that we are doing so much and yet the project is under reported. We hope after this training, we will be hearing more on the impact of the project.
“As communication officers, it is within your purview to sustain the dissemination of what the project has done.
Also speaking, the Deputy Chief Consultant of Supreme Management Ibadan , Dr. (Mrs) Olubisi Fasuyi, charged the participants to step up on their roles as communications officers.
Dr. Fasuyi, who said that the YESSO Project was one of the most impressive community driven projects under the Federal Government’s social safety nets interventions, also maintained that a lot can be said about the project.
“There are so many stories you can develop from the different components of the YESSO Project in your respective states. We hope to see a paradigm in your reportage and also the utilization of the project’s social media handles.
A participant from Adamawa state, Abubakar Babale, who spoke to our correspondent, said the training had widened his knowledge as communication officer and that it will bring to bear in his subsequent assignments.
Another participant from Ondo YESSO, Mrs. Folashade Oladeinde, also said that the training has long been over due and that her take away home resolve is to use the knowledge acquired to enhance her performance.
The Politico reports that the training attracted communication officers from all the components of the project drawn from the various states under the YESSO Project.