BENEFICIARIES OF N-POWER PROGRAMME IN EBONYI CALL FOR ABSORPTION INTO FEDERAL CIVIL SERVICE
The Federal Government last year introduced N-Power Programme to address the problem of the increasing number of unemployed graduates and cushion the effect of recession affecting Nigerians during the period.
Eleven months into the programme, the beneficiaries are beginning to call on the government to initiate a process of absorbing them into the Federal Civil Service ahead of the termination of their services by December next year.
Since the commencement of the programme, about one hundred and eighty thousand unemployed graduates across the country have been benefiting from N-Power created by the Federal government to reduce unemployment.
While volunteers as they are called serve in their places of primary assignment which include Schools, Public Health Institutions and Agro facilities, the Federal Government in turn pays them thirty thousand naira monthly stipend.
Investigations indicate that while many of the volunteers in Ebonyi state see the programme as resourceful, they are however worried about what will be their fate if they were not absorbed before the end of the exercise.
One of them, Miss Ogechi Nwagwu emphasized that their absorption would enable them to give in their best to Nigeria having acquired the necessary experience and skills in addition to their academic qualifications.
Two other volunteers, Mr Andrew Okorie and Miss Nneka Nweke urged the Federal Government to embark on the evaluation of their services to know the sectors to focus on in its employment drive.
The N-Power Ambassador in Ebonyi State, Comrade Valentine Nwori commended the Federal Government for being faithful in the payment of their stipend and emphasized that the N-Power Ambassadors in the thirty six states of the federation would formally write President Mohammadu Buhari for their absorption.
Comrade Nwori however urged the volunteers to be more dedicated to their duties in a manner that would elicit positive action by the Federal Government.