From: Obinna Odogwu, Abakaliki
Volunteers of the Federal Government’s N-power programme in Ebonyi State, at the weekend, appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to absorb them into the federal civil service.
They reasoned that having worked for a long time as volunteers, it would be kind of the federal government to offer them permanent employment before ending the programme.
They made the appeal at the Abakaliki Local Government Headquarters, Nkaliki during a sensitisation meeting organised by the state N-power Ambassador,
Nworie Valentine Chibuzo, for the volunteers in the state.
The N-power Volunteers Scheme is one of the Federal Government’s Social Investment Programmes which began in December 2016. It is billed to last for two years according to government.
But volunteers in Ebonyi State are of the view that if the 200,000 youths that were absorbed by the programmes were pushed back to the society after two years, the country cannot claim to be making progress.
Addressing the volunteers, Amb. Nwori thanked President Buhari for initiating and implementing the programme. He said that there had never been any empowerment or employment process in the history of Nigeria as transparent, direct and merit-oriented as witnessed during the selection of N-power beneficiaries across the country.
He advised government at all levels to adopt N-power method of recruitment in their future empowerment and employment exercises. He said within the 10 months of the programme, it has impacted on lives, reduced poverty, improved livelihood and human capital development of the citizenry.
“The economy of the country is recuperating and stabilizing because over 200,000 unemployed graduates can now boast of N30,000 per month to carter for their basic needs.
“So far, the federal government has been faithful with her financial obligation and in her sincere determination to improve the skills of the volunteers and make the work easier for them, has started distributing a costly and a well packaged device, free-of-charge to N-power volunteers across the country” he added.
He called on the Volunteers to be dedicated to the programme as a way of showing appreciation of the rare gesture of President Buhari’s led Federal Government.
On the ‘convert N-power to permanent job’ campaign, he explained that the Forum of N-power Ambassadors was already doing a lot to draw federal government’s attention into having sincere consideration of absorbing the beneficiaries into civil service.