FG to Employ 500,000 Graduates Through N-Power Scheme —Uwais

The Federal Government has announced plans to employ 500,000 youths this year through the N-Power Scheme of the Nigeria Social Investment Programme.
Special Adviser to the President on Federal Government Social Investments, Mrs Mariam Uwais, disclosed this in Benin City, Tuesday.
Speaking at a Stakeholders Sensitisation Workshop of the Social Investment Programme, Mrs Uwais said: “We intend to employ 500,000 unemployed graduates in this first year. It is open to all unemployed Nigerian graduates between the ages of 18 and 35. All you need to do is to go on to the portal that has been opened, and it closes on the 31st of August, 2016. The portal is www.npower.gov.ng”.
On his part, Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole, lauded President Muhammadu Buhari for initiating the programme for the benefit of the less privileged in the country.
Governor Oshiomhole said: “Let me on behalf of the government and the great people of Edo State appreciate our President, Muhammadu Buhari, for making history in appropriating funds specifically directed at children of the poor in public schools by way of one meal a day for children from primary one to three, recognising that whereas many Nigerians are poor, some are much poorer than others, and that it is not their fault.
“Government has responsibility to identify those ones, the poorest of the poor, not to shed crocodile tears for them or with them, but to boldly appropriate public funds structured in a way that will deliver some relief to these categories of our country men and women.
“For too long, everybody laments the growing numbers of unemployed youths, and in this democracy, the youths are the most active, they are the most vibrant. Everybody says the youths are the leaders of tomorrow, but we are unable to define when is tomorrow. I believe President Muhammadu Buhari has defined tomorrow to mean today, and that government needs to demonstrate beyond rhetoric that not only do we reject this unacceptable level of youth idleness, but government at the highest level has created a scheme that will enable some of these youths to be engaged, including being engaged in teaching, being encouraged to acquire skills, and to make them what they should be: part of our human resource which is the most important resource any country needs to grow on a sustainable basis.”
He continued, “For me, I am particularly excited with the school feeding programme. I am excited because given our shared commitment, and I think the world over that every child has a right, a constitutional right, in fact, inalienable right to go to school. What more can we do not to only to get the child to go to school, but to ensure that at least he is guaranteed a meal while at school so that he will be in a state of mind to be able to benefit from teaching and learning.
“In Edo State, we recognise education as the foundation of any attempt to empower anyone. And that is why have devoted huge resources every year, first by rebuilding our schools and making them attractive to young children, trying to deal with inequality between urban and rural areas by ensuring that the qualities of schools in our cities are exactly the same standard you find in any village where we have rebuilt schools. The same furniture you will find in these schools is exactly the same furniture you will find in the most remote village where we have rebuilt the schools and re-equipped them so that our children do not grow up with inferiority complex in relation to the children of the rich, because society cannot enjoy peace on a sustainable basis if there is no justice and fairness.”
According to Governor Oshiomhole, “And that is why we commend Mr. President for this very bold initiative, and above all and order to demonstrate that he understands clearly that he is the President of Nigeria, not president of a political party, he has chosen by appointing Mrs. Maryam Uwais. The President has done his part. He has found the will to appropriate. He has found the resources even in this difficult time to set funds aside to get this done. He has identified credible men and women under the able leadership of Mrs Uwais to provide leadership for this particular project.”
While announcing the plans of the Federal Government, Mrs. Uwais said that the government is concerned that despite the fact that the country is blessed with so many people, 58 million Nigerians are considered poor, and the inequality gap has increased.
“The gap between male and female is very large. And there is a need now to ensure that resources are spread more evenly across the country and so our social protection programmes are essentially ones that are aimed at bridging inequalities between the rich and the poor”, she said.

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