N-Power has successfully trained 3,000 youths from the North Central geopolitical zone in skill acquisition.
iexclusive News Nigeria reports that the youths trained under the N-Power Scheme’s “N-knowledge Life Skills Acquisition Program” would be given start-up items such as laptop computers upon graduation next week, Tuesday.
The three-month program which is the initiative of the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, is aimed at empowering youths who don’t have anything doing through N-Power skills acquisition.
Speaking yesterday, at the Public Service Institute of Nigeria, Kubwa, in Abuja, where the youths have been camped since 0ctober 10, Mr. Kalgo Yusuf Muazu, the Chief Executive Officer, Human Resources Department of the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, explained that,” This program N-Power skills acquisition is designed to empower the youths who don’t have anything doing so that they can be self-employed.”
“This is an N-Power program, initiated by the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouq, for the youths.
“3000 beneficiaries from North Central geopolitical zones, comprising Plateau, Kogi, Nasarawa, Benue states, and FCT have been successfully trained
“We expected them to be self-reliant after undergoing training in different skills here,” he told reporters during an interview.
According to him,” At the end of the training, they will be given tools to start being on their own.”
Muazu, who said the N-Power beneficiaries were placed on N10,000 monthly stipends, said the money would be paid for nine months.
“Everybody will be provided with either laptops or other working tools as they depart for their different states,” he said.
In an interview with reporters, Christopher Adoga, one of the trainers of the N-Power hardware program, tasked the government to go beyond providing laptops and other start-up tools, saying empowering the youths with small funds to establish workshops was equally key in the empowerment program.
Noting that, ”Within their six weeks of staying in camps here, they have learned how to repair phones, laptops, and tablets”, Adoga said:”
“They need funds to be able to set up small shops to carry out their trade.”
Insisting that, ” Apart from the tools that the federal government has provided for them, they also need start-up funds”, Adoga tasked the beneficiaries to start from their homes, not necessarily from shops from graduation.
He said given his assessment of the trainees, a good number of them were doing well from what they learned.
“60 percent are good to go based on my assessment but 40 percent of them still require further training. They can go and get themselves attached to further enhance their skills,” he said.
A N-Power beneficiary, Agera Christopher, from Benue State, commended the government for the initiative, saying he was going out to explore the world to excel in his trade.
“I want to commend the federal government for initiating this program. I thank the government also for making me be one of the beneficiaries of the N-Power program.
It has been a very big plus on my side. For me, this is my first time enjoying any initiative of the federal government, so I’m indeed grateful to the government for this opportunity.
So far, it has been a huge success. It has been going well.
”I am being trained in different skills such as graphic designs, photo editing, landscaping, and many others. The aim of the government is doing this for me is to see that after getting out of here, I could be a self-employed person. It is now my place to choose any of these skills I’m taught and specialize in so that I can move this country forward in my little way,” he said.
On her part, Miss Ada Okafor, an indigene of Anambra State but resident in FCT, said:
”My experience here has been wonderful. This is my best experience in life so far because I have not participated in any federal government scheme before. I’m surprised to see myself as a beneficiary of this N-Power program.”
She added:” So far, I have learned a lot in video editing, landscaping among many others. After leaving this place, I intend to pursue a program on my own in the areas I have been taught about, especially video and photo editing.”
Dominic Versima, from Benue State, who said he has learned a lot in software skill and appreciate the federal government for empowering him through the program, said: I intend to leave this place with the knowledge acquired here to better myself.”
” I have learned from here how I can build a website and design it. I am proud to be a web developer courtesy of the knowledge acquired here. I want to thank the federal government for this opportunity,” he said.
He, however, called on the government to provide them with small funds and starter packs to begin their lives with.
Also speaking, Mariam Mohammed, a native of Minna in Niger State, said:
”I’m very appreciative of the federal government’s gesture to us.
When I received a text message for this program, I was surprised that how would I cope in learning things like hardware, software, and other computer aspects.
But here I am today with all the relevant knowledge. When I leave this place, I would establish my workshop.
Although some persons are saying ladies can’t handle things like this but I would prove them wrong.
But I appeal to the federal government to assist us financially and not just to train us because some of us may find it difficult to begin without funds.”