Saturday, 9 September 2017

FG to Deploy 50,000 Non-graduate N-Power Volunteers

The Federal Government has declared they are going to send 50,000 non-graduate candidates in the N-Power volunteer program. FG to Deploy 50,000 Non-graduate N-Power Volunteers

No less than 50,000 non-graduate applicants in the N-Power volunteer program would be sent in late September and trained in October, the Presidential associate on job creation and youth empowerment, Mr Afolabi Imoukhuede, has said.

On Tuesday in Abuja, Imoukhuede said that the deployment was postponed to enable the employment creation group to provide all required training materials for the volunteers.

He clarified that the volunteers would be deployed to start three-month professional training in seven fields followed by a nine-month apprenticeship in related industries before going into self-employment

He said that September deployment was on the grounds that authorities had mapped the volunteers who applied in 2016 to go to the different centres for physical confirmation to guarantee that those in existing N-Power scheme were expelled.

He said, “Contracts were awarded as at end of June and as I speak now literally all contractors have delivered to the six zonal warehouses that we then appointed.

“So we have a warehouse for South South in Edo which is a gateway into South South, for South East we have a warehouse in Umuahia, for South West we have Lagos.

“For North East, we have Yola, for North West we have in Kaduna and for North Central, we have a warehouse in Abuja.

“These are zonal warehouses that have received tools for all the vocational trades from automobile to carpentry and all the seven disciplines.

“In addition to that the training consumables that the centres would also use to bring the volunteers to the level of industry competence were also procured and distributed in all the six zonal warehouses,’’ said the aide.

He said that the reason it was done was that one could really begin to measure standards.

“So, there will be no case of the training being given out in Yobe different from the one in Kaduna or in Umuahia and also no question of some centres having consumables and others claiming they were not supplied,’’ he explained.

The presidential aide said that a centre assessment committee, with the Labour Minister as Chair and him as alternate chair, was set up early in the year to visit the zones.

He said that with the committee the N-Power team had actually gone around the country and picked again three states in each geopolitical zone plus Lagos and Abuja.

Accordingly, he said, that the training centres were now in 19 states and FCT, adding that all the centres are recommended for training and retreats across the country.

“What we are doing from here is to map the volunteers to these centres because we did take applications for the non-graduates last year.

“In 2016, we had 315,000 graduates and 301,000 non-graduate applications.

“Out of the 301,000 applications 124,000 of them were for the vocational trades in the seven disciplines,’’ Imoukhuede said.

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