FG spends N279 bn on N-Power

By Johnbosco Agbakwuru

The Federal Government on Friday said it has so far spent N279 billion on Nigerian youths under the N-Power programme since December 2016.

The N-Power programme is one of the National Social Investment Programmes (NSIP) introduced by the President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration towards creating jobs and ameliorating poverty in the land.

Speaking with journalists in Abuja, the Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to the President on Job Creation and Youth Employment, Office of the Vice President, Afolabi Imoukhuede, said that the money was spent on the N30,000 monthly stipend paid to the 500,000 youths including the disabled engaged under the N-Power programme.

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He said that the youths were not owed a kobo under the N-Power programme, adding that the first batch of 200,000 youths have earned a total of N180 billion for 30 months from December 2016 to June 2019 with a monthly bill of N6 billion.

He further disclosed that addition N9 billion monthly bill was paid from August 2018 to June 2019 totalling N99 billion for the second batch of 300,000 youths engaged under the N-Power programme.

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On enthused that the programme has become a success story.

According to him, “It is every simple in talking about amount that has been invested. I am saying that in Batch 1, they started earning from December 2016, so roughly we invest N72 billion annually just for Batch 1 alone. That is aside from the gadgets that they get and aside from from all the sponsored trainings that they get.

“For instance, all the trainings on agric for N-Agro, training for health for those who are in health, we sponsor all of that through the federal agencies, ministry of agriculture and ministry of health.

“So direct in our people is N30,000 x 200,000 = N6 billion every month for the first batch which started in 2016. So they have been there for over two years, that is N72 billion multiply by two years or thereabout.

“But since August last year, the wage bill moved from N6 billion to N15 billion because it’s now 500,000 of them that earn N30,000 monthly.

“We have been on N15 billion for almost one year because by end of July it will be one year that we have been making that investment every month.

“So if you put it together that just tells you how much investment we have made and like I have said, we don’t owe anyone because the money is paid directly to them not through a proxy.” he stated

He explained that the scheme was designed to solve the employability problems being faced by Nigerians youths after graduation.

According to him, plans are currently ongoing to recruit many of its trainees into the police force in collaboration with state governors to actualize the community policing agenda

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2 Responses

  1. Piresojo says:

    Yes we appreciate d effort of our president but dis is nothing nah compared to what our politicians are collecting after all we are working for it, what we need now is d permanency whether community policing or something. Thanks

  2. Piresojo says:

    Today, if Mr. President / Vice can boldly absorbed the already trained and mentored 2016 Npower volunteers for their future employability which the presidency professes initially on newspapers and on the Npower portal pages respectively, am telling you that the world will not only announce and celebrate them, even their political oppositions will applaud and remain silent.

    Remember, these Npower volunteers are not Militants nor Islamic sect’s but they are well-meaning nigerians who are devoted to give their great nation selfless service under the sun and rain. Absorbing one Npower volunteer into the Federal Civil Service job today will automatically elevate that family to another level in life. Think about it.

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