N-Power: Kwara targets 25,000 beneficiaries

 Tunde Akanbi, Ilorin

The Kwara State Government targets twenty five thousand unemployed youths to benefit from the N-Power Special Intervention programme of the Federal Government.

The Senior Special Assistant to the State Governor on Youth Empowerment, Mr Zakariyau Babatunde stated this in Gwaria at the Flag off of the second phase of Kwara North Senatorial district sensitization campaign on N Power, during the empowerment programme of the lawmaker representing Gwanabe- Adena- Bani- Gwaria at the State House of Assembly, Mr. Mohammed Suleiman Ba’a Ziki.

The Governor’s aide, who was the special guest of honor at the programme, said the state is setting its pace for the enrollment of the unemployed youths within the age of eighteen to thirty five years on the programme, said if twenty five youths were enrolled, about N750m would be coming to the state monthly.

Mr Babatunde noted that those with required qualifications would be engaged for the N-Teach, N-health, N-Agro and N-Tax of the programme, pointing out that the federal government may consider some of the outstanding volunteers or beneficiaries for government’s employment.

He said it was discovered that lack of sensitization and awareness of the youths on the programme caused low turn- out of the beneficiaries in the first phase, pointing out that Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed has however directed that all local government areas across the state must be sensitized to enable the youths key into the programme.

The Senior Special Assistant on Youth Empowerment therefore stressed the need for those enrolling for N-Power programme to have correct and accurate bio data by printing out their Bank Verification Number page, bank account details and active email address while applying for the programme.

Alhaji Zakariyau Babatunde however stressed that youths must be prepared for leadership role through quality education and employment opportunities, saying that leadership is not by accident, but it must be planned for effectively.

Meanwhile, about two hundred thousand people from Gwanabe- Adena- Bani- Gwaria areas in Kaiama Local Government Area of the State benefited from the empowerment programme of the lawmaker representing the constituency at the state house of Assembly, Mr. Muhammad Suleiman Baziki.

Items worth N2m including Grinding machine, sewing machine, agricultural herbicides, farming tools, computer sets, exercise books, and clothing materials were distributed to the beneficiaries.

The Chairman of the occasion and former lawmaker, Alhaji Al-Hassan Bagidi, commended Mr. Ba’aziki, for empowering the people of his constituency and warned them against selling the materials.

The Special Guest at the occasion and Senior Special Assistant on Youth Empowerment, Mr Babatunde, said the lawmaker was passionate about the welfare of his people since he was the Youths Empowerment Coordinator of Kaiama.

Mr Babatunde therefore donated two hundred and fifty N-Power forms to the constituency office of the lawmaker and five hundred to the local government secretariat, asking youths in the area to key into the programme.

In their address, the State Commissioner for Tertiary Education, Science and Technology, Doctor Aminat Ahmad and TIC Chairman of Kaiama local government, Alhaji Usman Gunu Yerima, lauded the lawmaker for empowering the people of his constituency and charged the beneficiaries to judiciously use the materials.

Earlier, the lawmaker, Mr. Muhammad Suleiman Ba’aziki, said he was motivated to provide the materials for his people as dividends of democracy towards impacting directly on the lives of the people and cushion the economic challenges.

Omolayo.A