President Muhammadu Buhari has reminded volunteers in the N-power scheme that the financial benefits they receive from the programme “is money paid for work done”.
Afolabi Imoukhuede, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Job Creation said this when the scheme’s assessment and evaluation team paid a courtesy visit to the Kano State governor Abdullahi Ganduje, Wednesday night.
He said: “There is a message that Mr President has asked us to pass in every state we visit.
“It is that please, this is money paid for work done; this is an investment in their lives.
“And this is an investment that, for the first time in many years, is going directly to the beneficiaries and not through any third party, not through any gateway”.
According to the presidential aide, in Kano, no fewer than 1,200 volunteers were being paid stipends earlier in the year.
He said that at inception 25,600 applications were received from Kano State out of which about 11,000 were for graduate recruitment and about 13,000 applicants were non-graduates.
He said Kano State was offered 4,900 placements in the first phase but noted that 3,868 of them were verified for payment by the Nigeria Inter-Bank Settlement System (NIBS).
He said that the 13,000 non-graduate applicants in the state would be mobilized in batches as from May.
Imokhuede noted that those graduates who scaled the verification besides getting their regular N30,000 monthly stipends would also receive the credit device facility under the scheme from June.
“From June we will take delivery of the devices and shall tell them where to pick them up”, he said.
The aide underscored the President’s message and urged the volunteers to work hard and take the programme seriously as the funds got to them directly.
He said that the growth of the economy led to the job creation scheme adding that what the president had done with the N-power was a lifeline to unemployed youths and not an end in itself.
“It is a lifeline because it is a paid volunteer programme for 24 months to enhance their employability through being deployed to community schools, farms and health programmes”, he said.
The presidential aide said the appeal that Kano be given special consideration due to its population was noted by the presidency and gave the assurance that it would be considered when the portal reopens in June.