The 2016 beneficiaries of the N-Power programme – the Buhari administration’s job creation and empowerment scheme, that are billed to end their 2 year programme by November may have cause to smile as the Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to the President on job creation, Afolabi Imoukhuede has assured of on-going efforts to ensure gainful employment or empowerment for volunteers based on their areas of core strengths at the expiration of the programme.
Mr Imoukhude stated this Thursday, 18th October during his Live chat on N-Power’s Facebook page. The Presidential aide spoke of on-going concerted efforts and consultations with States, Federal Government agencies and the private sector on how to effectively engage the 2016 volunteers at the end of the programme. He assured that President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice-President Osinbajo are committed to ensure that the volunteers do not revert to unemployment at the expiration of the N-Power programme.
He also addressed the 2017 beneficiaries that were recently deployed in August, reeling out statistics of their status as regards payment, enrolment amongst others. Below are tit-bits of the Presidential aide’s stats:
- 5% of 2017 beneficiaries which translates to 223, 355 are now enrolled in the N-Power payroll as at Wednesday, 17th October 2018 and fully paid their August and September stipends.
- 5% which represents 37, 531 volunteers have seen their status indicate “enrolled” which means they are due for payment of August, September and October stipends at the end of October.
- Deployment schedules have now been received from all States and FCT, the last being Nasarrawa came in some days ago
- 2% which represents 24,653 are still awaiting their Place of Primary Assignment (PPA) schedules which means that there are gaps in the deployment schedules as N-Power has not been able to upgrade them to enrolled because PPA wasn’t assigned to them on the State’s deployment schedule.
- States where substantial gaps exist in their deployment schedules include, Adamawa, Delta, Edo, Kwara, Kaduna, Kano, Ondo, Lagos, Oyo, Sokoto, Abia, Borno and from Imo States.
- 1,563 representing 0.5% have had their deployment letters disapproved because the Stamp on the letters defers from the placement listed on the State deployment schedule. The status of affected volunteers will read “disapproved” when logged in to the portal. They are expected to contact their PPA or States or rectification. Most of those affected are those that changed their PPAs but failed to notify their focal persons for necessary corrections at N-Power.
- There are 5,141 of beneficiaries that N-Power cannot pay because they have not uploaded their stamped and signed deployment letters.
- 6% are yet to be enrolled as their portal still reads “Onboarded”, the processes for enrolment will be completed in a few days provided they have filled, stamped deployment letters.
- N-Power has continued to receive considerable reports of truancy by some 2017 volunteers, those that come to work for few days in a week and those that perform their duties by proxy. N-Power will soon start naming and shaming culprits as a prelude to summary dismissal from the programme. Volunteers guilty of this misdemeanour are advised to turn a new leaf while those that have other jobs are strongly advised to exit the programme to make way for others that really need the lifeline.
- 11,000 2016 N-Power volunteers, yet to get devices will get them before the end of their programme.
- 445 N-Tax volunteers that had issues with payment have now been sorted out in collaboration with Ministry of Finance.
Mr Imoukhuede thanked the out-going 2016 volunteers for their selfless service to their communities and the nation in General. He stated that the Impact of the volunteers in the education sector through the N-Teach has boosted the teaching strength in public schools, enhanced learning; the exploits of the N-Health volunteers in Primary Healthcare Centres (PHCs) has enlightened locals about immunization and its impact on preventable diseases amongst others while the N-Agro have helped farmers to acquire knowledge about farming best practises through extension services.
N-Power is the Buhari administration’s job creation and empowerment scheme