Federal Government To Enrich, Expand N-Power programme To Benefit Nigerian Youths – Osinbajo
Nigeria’s Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has spoken again on the N-Power programme that has absorbed millions of Nigerians across the nation, revealing the future plan of the federal government.
NIGERIA NEWS notes that Prof Osinbajo disclosed that the N-Power graduate skills acquisition programme will be expanded, enriched and made better to the beneficiaries.
The vice president gave this declaration on Friday during a visit to Kiara De-Luke Multi-Skill and Entrepreneurship Centre, an N-Power training centre at Umuobiakwa in Obingwa Local Government Area of Abia.
Addressing the trainees, the vice president said the N-Power programme was very important to the Federal Government because of its focus on empowering the youths through capacity building.
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Osinbajo also maintained that the current administration was committed to providing jobs for the citizens, adding that job seekers do not need to liaise with anyone before being given the job.
“The programme will be expanded, enriched, made bigger and better and we will improve the welfare of those in the programme.
“The federal government wants to demonstrate through you that Nigerian young people are not only competent but can with the best training become the best available anywhere in the world.
“You can be sure that we are going to see this programme through. We are going to continue the programme. We are not going to stop it.
“It is the largest of its kind anywhere in Africa. We want to prove that it is possible not only to keep young people employed and engaged but to train at the same time on a continuous basis and to train them using technology.
“We want to prove also that you do not need to know anybody to be able get a job. You do not have to go and speak to anybody. You get the job in a free and fair manner.
“So I want to ask you to be committed because sometimes there may be difficulties,” he said.
Going further, Osinbajo, SAN, explained that the project would be supported by the Federal Government to ensure the youths realised their aspirations.
The eloquent vice president said that the training centre was an evidence and preparedness of the Abia Government to empower young people and give them better opportunities in life.
In his own remark, Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia state said that the vice president was at the centre to see youths who had decided to learn skills and liberate themselves from poverty.
“I call on the federal government to add a bite to executive order number three which says that you must look inwards before you start importing.
“It is unfortunate to remark that some of our leaders are still living under the veil of sophistry that has no bearing with what we do and produce in Nigeria.
“The only way we can encourage entrepreneurship is to look inwards and patronise made-in- Nigeria goods,’’ he said.
He, however, said there was a power supply challenge at the Kiara /Logistics De-Luke Training Centre and solicited the Federal Government’s assistance.
Ikpeazu also commended the Chinese government for giving Abia the grant to train about 100 youths in various skills.
In a previous report, NIGERIA NEWS had reported that Osinbajo had earlier disclosed that no less than 20,000 youths would be engaged in nine-month skills acquisition training under the N-Power scheme.
The vice president also disclosed that the beneficiaries would be given a commensurable allowance during the programme.