About 500 N-Power volunteers in Zamfara State have opted out of the programme after securing permanent employment, Executive Secretary, Social Investment Programme in the state, Kabiru Umar, has disclosed, Concise News reports.
Umar said in an interview with NAN in Gusau on Tuesday, that those who left were engaged by federal and state government ministries and agencies.
He said a total of 11, 122 persons in Zamfara were engaged under the programme between 2016 and 2017 in the areas of education, health and agriculture.
The executive secretary added that 321 other volunteers were engaged under the N-Power Knowledge, where volunteers served under experts in hardware and software, and other related fields.
Umar, however, noted that it was very difficult to effectively monitor the performance of the volunteers because of inadequate vehicles.
“We have been receiving complaints from school principals and headmasters of absenteeism by some N-Power volunteers posted to schools, but we are constrained by inadequate mobility to monitor them effectively.”
The executive secretary appealed to Zamfara Government to assist them with vehicles to enhance their operations including monitoring of the N-Power volunteers.
The N-Power programme is one of the Social Investment Programmes of the Nigerian Government.
The scheme currently engages no fewer than 500,000 youth graduates deployed to provide public health services in teaching, health, agriculture and tax and monitoring.
N-Power also engages another 200,000 non-graduates in training or on attachment to organisations as interns.