To reduce youth restiveness in Kogi State, ActionAid has handed over N35.5million livelihood projects to nine local communities in the state.
The projects include rice milling machine at Okpeji community; garri processing factory and hand pump borehole at Okpapata at the cost of N3, 325,000; cassava processing and maize milling factory at Ofuloko community; block, cassava-pressing factory; bread making factory and block-moulding factory at Osaragada, among others, which amounted to N35.5 million.
The Programme Manager, Humanitarianism and Resilience, Mr. Ipoade Omilaju, while handing over the factories to the communities, noted that the livelihood support became necessary following a baseline report by ActionAid that “unemployment is a top driving factor for violent extremism.”
On criteria used in selecting the communities, Omilaju said: “We use the poorest of the poor and we do the analysis from the Bureau of Statistics, where you get which state is poor.
It is not in every state that you have these projects.
We do thorough analysis to identify which community is very poor.”