Imo NOA boss decries low registration of state’s non-graduates in N-Power programme
The Imo State Director of National Orientation Agency (NAO), Mr. Vitus Eleocha, has decried the lack of interest in the N-Power programme of the Federal Government by non-graduates of Imo State.
Eleocha stated this through the Deputy Director of the agency in the state, Innocent Iwuchukwu, during the flag- off of the state-wide Local Government Assembly on ‘’Peace, Patriotism, Good governance, and Community Development’’, held at Ahiazu Mbaise Local Council, Imo State.
Ekeocha, regretted that only 78 non-graduates are on the list sent to them as registrants in the N-Power programme, away from Delta registrants that are 2,000, wondering why the youths in Imo did not register for the programme.
In the event attended by the monarch of Ogbor Ihitte Affoukwu Ahiazu autonomous community, Thomas Nwokedi, a Lawyer, the Divisional Police Officer of the council, Heart Chima Kanayo; the Officer -in- Charge of Department of State Service, Gordy Obasi; the Principal Administrative Officer of the council, Chima Nwachukwu, representing the Director of Administration, and General Services (DAGS), Emeka Odua, a lawyer, Ekeocha, said the flag off was at the instruction of the Director General of NOA, Dr. Garba Abari, noting that it was geared towards enlightening the Nigerian populace on its policies and programmes, urging Nigetians to queue in governance and not to dislike such.
His words: ‘’Locally however, it seems patriotic feelings are limited to kind of nepotic and tribalistic tendencies. We cannot achieve much with this. National Orientation Agency is appealing that we do our best to identify the things that together make us strong and hold fast to them.
“There have been many government poverty alleviation programmes. The youths are everywhere on phone. Are they accessing proper information from the Internet to grab available opportunities? How many people here were successful in the N-Power programme? Delta State registered over 2,000 youths in the N-Power (N- build) that is now being verified. Imo State had only 78 people. Are there no non-University graduates looking for employment? They just refused to know…’’
He disclosed that Ahiazu got 208 successful registrants in the N-power programme last year, wondering why this year has much less in the 27 Local councils of the state.
The NOA chief urged all in the state to embark on non-oil export projects to enhance their lives among other agricultural activities, shunting all manner of violence, armed robbery, kidnapping and other crimes and restive issues..
Ekeoch reminded his audience that the Federal Government was desirous to have their feedback to help fashion better people-oriented policies and programmes. He asked the audience to be mindful of the monkey pox decease and play preventive roles.
Speaking, the monarch of the community, Thomas Nwokedi, a lawyer, said they were glad that the Federal Government considered them for the flag off event, after the community were forgotten in the part. He said Governor Rochas Okorocha also remembered the area in development, stressing that they were evolving and developing.
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