The Lagos State Ministry of Wealth Creation has held an online sensitisation for registered Batch-C beneficiaries of the N-Power programme under the National Social Investment Programme of the Federal Government of Nigeria, through the National Social Safety Nets Coordinating Office (NASSCO) and the National Cash Transfer Office (NCTO) of the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development (FMHADMSD).
In her opening remarks during the webinar session, the Honourable Commissioner for Wealth Creation and Employment, Mrs. Yetunde Arobieke, told the participants that the workshop was aimed at ensuring adherence to the stipulated guidelines of the State and N-Power Programme.
She informed participants that the programme, which was introduced in 2016 and targeted at young Nigerians between ages 18-35, is geared towards engaging and deploying young unemployed youths in various sectors such as Education, Health and Agriculture to serve as auxiliary staff in State institutions across the Local Government Areas for a duration of two years.
Mrs. Arobieke stated that the Graduate category of the programme is divided into three main categories, namely N-Tech, N-Health and N-Agro, and has so far had over 20,000 beneficiaries between 2016-2019 under the keen supervision of the Ministry and in conjunction with other State Agencies such as the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Primary Healthcare Board (PHC) and the State Agricultural Development Authority.
The Commissioner explained that in 2020 the scope of the NSIP was expanded from 500,000 to 1,000,000 beneficiaries to accommodate more residents, noting that a total of 10,130 beneficiaries have so far been verified and deployed to 3326 active places of Primary Assignment(PPAs).
On his part, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Mr. Olujimi Ige, expressed gratitude to the State Government for driving the mandate to develop humanitarian policies.
He lauded the effective coordination of National and International Humanitarian interventions, the strategic disaster mitigation, preparedness cum response with the formulation and implementation of fair, focused social inclusion and protection programmes by the Federal Government, in conjunction with State Agencies under the supervision of the State Focal Person in Lagos.
The State Director, National Orientation Agency (NOA), Mr. Waheed Ishola, commended the Federal Government for the programme, revealing that the N-Power programme is devoid of political influence, just as he advised the beneficiaries to erase the erroneous perception of N-Power as a “national cake”.
He maintained that the programme must be taken seriously as there is strict monitoring of the beneficiaries.
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