The Senior Special Assistant to the president on job creation and youth employment, Afolabi Imoukhuede, says N-Power overseers have supplied volunteers’ data to the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) and the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu in view of the proposed community policing aimed at tackling insecurity in the country.
Concise News reports that in an interview with select journalists recently, Afolabi spoke on the N-Power project and other national issues.
He said two batches of the N-Power programme, numbering 500,000 distributed across the 774 local government areas of the country, were ready for community policing.
“We are working with the governors because we have supplied the data to them and to the IG of police,” he said.
“We know the security challenges we have and we also know the challenges and limitations of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF), we know that they wanted to recruit another 10,000 but the governors felt as Chief Security Officers (CSOs) of their states, 10,000 in the whole of Nigeria is small and how many are you going to give every state? “So they thought, we have N-Power volunteers that are community-based.
“The beauty of this programme is that it is so transformational because they impact their community where they reside, unlike the NYSC where you are yanked from your base and taken somewhere else.
“That’s the beauty of the N-Power that the governors saw. These are foot soldiers for community policing.
“There’s no state that has less than 10,000. Some even have more than that. Osun, for example, has 17,000 and Abuja here; we have 14,000.
“So divide it into local governments.”
According to Afolabi, the community policing proposal was an opportunity to engage the N-Power volunteers.
He said, “That will now become an exit program.
“This is something that we have marketed to the governors and to the MDAs.
“In the last three years or so, the federal government has been investing directly in lives, these people should be like ‘your right of first refusal’.”
Recall this online news medium reported last week that the Chairman of the NGF and Ekiti State governor, Kayode Fayemi, had after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari penultimate Friday, said plans are on to draft in N-Power beneficiaries to kick-start community policing in the country.