The National Social Investment Office (NSIO) Communications Manager, Justice Bibiye, says the N-Power programme has strengthened its monitoring mechanisms to put beneficiaries and other stakeholders on their toes.
Concise News reports that Bibiye made this disclosure in an interview with Premium Times recently.
“We, continue to encourage and embrace feedback, as well as constructive criticism in respect of perceived malpractices in the field, as such information would enable us to enhance programme delivery around the country,” he said.
According to Bibiye, the programme is centred on providing an enabling environment for youth to acquire relevant skills and experiences for future endeavours.
”The whole idea is to engage the young Nigerian and expose him/her to the work environment with a view to helping them acquire relevant skills and experiences for future endeavours.
”The testimonies we get across the country on the massive impact the programme has had is encouraging,” Bibiye states.
N-Power – one of the Federal Government’s social investment programmes – was introduced with the aim of reducing unemployment among Nigerian graduates and non-graduates between the ages of 18 and 35.
Volunteers are paid N30,000 monthly as stipend and given tablet computers to aid further learning.
Under the N-Power, unemployed graduates are engaged in critical sectors like education, agriculture, and health while non-graduates are enrolled in the infrastructural sector.
The N-Power programme started in 2016 with over 200,000 thousand young Nigerians selected in the first phase. Now, they are around 500, 000.
Those selected (in the first batch) have received the stipends for two years under the N-Teach, N-Agro or N-Health components. N-Build and N-Tax were later introduced in 2017.
The N-Teach component is the most popular, due to a large number of youth deployed to teach in public schools across the country.