Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to the President on Job Creation, Mr. Afolabi Imakwuede, has called on Nigerians youths to embrace President Muhammadu Buhari’s employment generation programmes, which were designed to reduce unemployment, especially among the youths.
Imakwuede, who made this call in Bauchi, commended the state government for providing the necessary facilities to drive Federal Government N-Power agenda under the Social Investment P rogrammes (SIP).
The N-Power programme is a job creation and youth empowerment initiative of the Federal Government being implemented in partnership with the 36 states and FCT.
It was designed to help young Nigerians acquire and develop life-long skills to become solution providers in their communities and to become players in the domestic and global markets.
Imakwuede called on the N-Power Volunteer Corps (NPVCs) to remain committed to their job postings in order to actualise the goals of the programme and other similar programme.
He said NPVCs should remain committed to their N Power job postings in order to actualise the goals of the programme and other similar programmes. Imakwuede said that the provision of office accommodation, running costs and other incentives by the state government was commendable.
Speaking on the success story of the programme in the state, the Special Assistant to Governor Mohammed Abubakar on Development Partners, Mansur Manu Soro, said the successful take off of the empowerment programme has further boosted the economy of Bauchi State as not less than 4,834 volunteers deployed to various places have received their payments between December 2016 and April this year.
According to him, the Federal Government through the Social Investment Programmes (SIP) has injected the sum of over N447 million into the state’s economy. The special assistant, who disclosed this while meeting with the volunteers and Imakwuede, said that the state had a total of 42,617 applicants and is among the three best states in the country due to the massive mobilisation and the facilitation of free registration of applicants by the governor.
He said: “In collaboration with institutional partners, we have recorded a successful deployment of 4,834 NPVCs to various places of primary assignment across the lengths and breadth of Bauchi State. “
As one of the key economic policies of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration and the instrument through, which the present economic recession is being addressed.”
While advising the volunteers to furnish the Federal Government’s delegation with all the necessary information needed on the N-Power activities in the state, he commended the governor for providing the enabling environment for implementation of SIP in the state.
The Federal Government commenced the payment of the N30, 000 monthly stipends for beneficiaries of the programme last December. Senior Special Assistant, Media and Publicity, Office of the Vice President, Mr Laolu Akande, had said at the beginning of the programme that all successfully verified beneficiaries who have provided bank accounts were being processed for payment.
He said the process of payment would continue, urging beneficiaries of subsequent batch of the scheme to take seriously their virtual training. He also encouraged states who had yet to conclude the physical verification process to do so, “as that would enable the N-Power beneficiaries in those states to draw from its benefits and empowerment offers.’’
The unemployed graduates selected for the N-Power programme are given assignments that will help to address issues in schools, hospitals and other areas in communities across the country.
A total of 150,000 out of the 200,000 selected in the first phase of the scheme were deployed as support teachers to help address shortage of teachers in schools at the basic and secondary levels. Another 30, 000 graduates were expected to work as extension workers in various communities, which will expectedly aid the government’s diversification agenda.