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How N-Power has impacted our lives, by volunteers

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National coordinator of N-Power Afolabi Imoukhuede

Beneficiaries of N-Power in Ebonyi State have said that the vocational programme introduced in 2016 by the Federal Government has significantly impacted their lives and those who benefit from their services at their various Primary Places of Assignment (PPA).

Speaking from their PPAs to The Guardian in Abuja, the beneficiaries, many of them enlisted since 2016, expressed gratitude to government for the scheme, which, according to them, is making a difference in the lives of thousands of youths across the country.

Okuchi Okechukwu deployed to Urban Community Primary School in Abakiliki, said beyond the knowledge and experience gained by teaching under the N-Power scheme, she had also been able to plough her earnings into her small business.

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“I teach Primary Two pupils who are mostly from the Hausa community. Since I resumed here, I have made a lot of positive impact on the lives of these pupils. I am most grateful for this opportunity. The programme has changed my financial status and improved my bakery business,” she said.

Another beneficiary, Victoria Ude, also said that the monthly stipends she received had boosted her trade.

“I learnt how to process soya beans a long time ago, but due to lack of funds, I couldn’t do anything. Thank God for this N-Power job, which has helped me raise some money to invest in my business,” Ude remarked.

For 2016 Batch A volunteer in Abakiliki, Jude Igwe, the experience of being enlisted in the programme has been worthwhile, as he noted that the scheme provided him with a platform to sharpen his skills for higher responsibilities in future.

“I teach Chemistry here in Urban Modern Secondary School in Abakiliki. This school is the biggest secondary school in Ebonyi State, so they have lots of students. When we came in, they didn’t have enough teachers, and so our deployment helped a great deal. It’s been a good experience because as we teach the students, we also learn from them,” he said.

Communications manager, National Social Investment Office (NSIO), Justice Bibiye, told The Guardian in Abuja yesterday that the list of those with similar testimonies across the country was exhaustive.

N-Power was introduced by the Muhammadu Buhari administration as a job enhancement scheme aimed at imbibing the learn-work-entrepreneurship culture in graduates and non-graduates between 18 and 35 years.

Beneficiaries under the graduate category take home N30,000 monthly for their services.


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