- After undergoing training, the batch B beneficiaries of the N-Power have collected their work devices
- The device contains information necessary for their specific engagement
- The beneficiaries are grateful to the federal government for engaging them to be part of the programme
Batch B beneficiaries of the N-Power on Friday, April 13, collected their mobile devices at the NUT Pavilion, Teachers House, in Alausa Lagos.
NAIJ.com gathered that the beneficiaries were largely 2016 Batch B beneficiaries who had undergone training in the N-Power Teach, N- Power Agro and N-Power Health programmes.
An initiative of the federal government, the N-Power scheme seeks to address the unemployment challenges in the country by recruiting 500,000 volunteers, training and paying them a monthly stipend of N30,000 over a 2-year period.
These volunteers have been given relevant skills acquisition training in order to address critical needs in education, healthcare, technology and other artisanal industries across the country.
In addition, the government also leverages technology by providing each beneficiary with a mobile computing device that will contain information necessary for their specific engagement, as well as information for their continuous training and development.
Speaking to journalists at the event, the beneficiaries were full of praises for the federal government, for engaging them to be part of the programme
Chiwendu Okeke, a psychology graduate from the Nnamdi Azikwe University, Akwa, said: “For those who think that N-power is a scam or sham, it is for real and I am a testimony to that.”
On his part, Omolade Oyawoye, a political science graduate from the University of Uyo, said: “I have come here to receive my device and the process has been orderly and not stressful. The MTN guys in charge of the device distribution have put in place a solid system for collection.
“I am in the N-Teach program and looking forward to resumption of school so that the device can help me prepare well and have better understanding to make my work easier.”
Also speaking, Malik Barakat Omotoyosi, a finance graduate from the University of Ilorin, noted that: “The device would help to carry out the work we have been assigned to and our names are even inscribed on it.
“There are some apps on the device that have been pre-loaded, that would help people like me who are working in the N-Health programme without a health background. We also get paid our monthly stipends regularly and promptly.”
Ibrahim Badmus, a graduate of insurance from the Lagos State University, said: “I heard about the scheme online and I enrolled online unlike some other processes where you need to go through a godfather, I enrolled and I was accepted into the programme
“I selected N-Agro and my focus is to set myself up in agriculture. I am currently working on putting out my agricultural product and this device gives me the opportunity to learn more. After N-power, I am looking to set up my own business, in agric.”
NAIJ.com gathered that device owners are on a special post-paid N-Power Plan. They can check their balance by dialing *558#. Also, data allocation for N-Power volunteers is 750MB monthly. Beneficiaries can check for data balance by dialing *460*200#.
There is also no need to recharge for their monthly data bundle. However, they can recharge and subscribe for additional bundle once the allocated one is exhausted using MTN existing codes.
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The presidency recently announced that no fewer than 6.8 million Nigerians out of the projected 10 million have benefited from its National Social Investment Programme.
This was contained in a release issued by Laolu Akande, senior special assistant on media and publicity to the vice president.
According to him, the figure represents nearly 70 per cent success rate in the implementation of the programme.
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