No fewer than 7,149 N-Power volunteers were engaged in Delta in 2016, Mr Afolabi Imoukhuede, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Job Creation, has said.
Imoukhuede made this known at a meeting with beneficiaries of the programme in Asaba.
He said that of the 8,241 slots allocated to Delta, 7,147 of them were engaged in 2016.
“And out of the 7,147 beneficiaries, a total of 5,916 have been receiving their N30,000 monthly stipends since May, while an additional 857 beneficiaries have just been cleared.’’
Imoukhuede explained that the N-Power initiative was one of the Social Investment Programmes of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration.
He said that the programme was aimed at helping young Nigerians to acquire and develop lifelong skills to become solution providers in their communities as well as players in the domestic and global markets.
Imoukhuede also said that the programme, which was for young Nigerians between the ages of 18 and 35, was a paid volunteer programme of two-year duration.
He also said that the Federal Government had also approved additional N4,500 monthly to all the beneficiaries to purchase an electronic device which would be loaded with different applications to further enhance their skills.
He added that the first batch of the devices would soon be delivered to beneficiaries who were already getting their monthly stipends.
On the remaining beneficiaries who had yet to collect their monthly stipends, Imoukhuede explained that the problems were already being addressed. (NAN)