The emerging of N-Power as an empowerment and skill development programme has brought succour to many Nigerian youths. For the past 3 years, 500,000 Nigerian graduates who might have been in the street hocking for unforeseen jobs were recruited by this Administration.
However, it is unclear what the N-Power holds for Nigerian youths in 2020 as all involved keep their fingers cross hoping for better days ahead.
Three years of N-Power programme was a memorable experience, it was a smooth and a rough experience all together for the beneficiaries. The focus is now on what the programme holds for Nigerian youths in 2020 and subsequently.
There was a transition which involves moving of the National Social Investment Programme(NSIP) which N-Power happens to be one of its component to the new ministry of humanitarian affairs, disaster management and social development. All this was to institutionalize the programme so as to have a clear vision and a sustainable future.
The new ministry minister, HM Sadiya Umar Farouq has addressed the public through a press briefing a few days ago as what the future holds for N-Power and N-SIP Programme as a whole. The Minister, assures all N- Power beneficiaries and indeed all Nigerians of the Ministry’s commitment to Mr President’s promise to stem poverty in the country as well as lift 100 million Nigerians out of poverty in 10 years. This is a clarion call we must all answer for the sake of our fatherland, She also said that there should be no apprehension with regards the continuity or sustainability of the Social Investment programmes as the Government will continue to adequately fund them and ensure that they reach the beneficiaries and touch lives positively.
The Nigeria youths both the existing beneficiaries of N-Power and the prospective applicants who are waiting to benefit from the programme in 2020 are curious to know what the future holds.
The existing beneficiaries are wondering if they are going to be disengaged back to the street to further populate the already populated labour market or there will be a transition to a permanent venture while on the other hand, the prospective applicants are wondering if the talk about new recruitment will truly be conducted in 2020 to enable new volunteers benefit. Will the conduct be transparent, free and fair like the first recruitment done in 2016/2017 since there is a change of management.
All these are matter arising and in a few weeks from now, Nigerian youths will know their fate. The new ministry has stated that there will be new recruitment in 2020 while the existing 2016 beneficiaries will be transitioning into a sustainable venture. So let hope and pray that the year 2020 will be the beginning of better things for N-power beneficiaries