By; BALA B. BITRUS, Minna
No fewer than 13,600 youths from across Niger State have been captured for the two phases of the empowerment programme under the social benefits scheme of the N-Power project.
The federal government powered social scheme is aimed at providing job opportunities and and self empowerment for young persons to reduce the scourge of poverty and unemployment and criminality across the country.
The N-Power project which started in 2016 as a national social empowerment scheme targeted at both skilled and semi skilled and unskilled youths to tackle unemployment and cases of insecurity upsurge in the country.
Under the first phase of the scheme in Niger state, out of the 200,000 youths who were targeted across the country, the state got 5,300 youths enrolled for the programme. While in the second phase, 7,705 youths were captured out of the over 300,000 youths who entered for the project from across Nigeria.
The first phase is scheduled to end by December this year. Each of the beneficiaries receives N30,000 monthly.
About half a million youths from across the country were captured for the two phases of the project. The volunteers are assigned to public primary schools, primary health care centres, agriculture sector and such related public service centres.
The programme besides providing job opportunities to beneficiaries, it also assist in improving the economy of states and reduce social vices and crime rates.
Director General of the N-Power in Niger state, Muhammed Saba Usman, said it is expected that by the end of the programme in 2020, the federal government would have injected well over N8,973,450 to the economy of the state and empowered well over 13,600 young persons in Niger state.
The first and second phases of the project is billed to be terminated in 2020. He said the project is aimed at empowering young persons and galvernise the economy of the country.
He said after the expiration of the project in 2020, the federal government is planning to engage all the beneficiaries into permanent employment in public sector.