Some of the beneficiaries of the N.Power programme, who shared their experiences, appreciated the support of the government in empowering them.
N-Power is one of the components of the N-SIP aimed at empowering Nigerians both graduates and non-graduates – between the ages of 18 and 35 – who get paid N30, 000 monthly over a period of two years.
About 174,160 beneficiaries have been deployed so far out of the 200,000 selected N-Power beneficiaries.
Dapil Ali, a beneficiary of N-Power graduate scheme in Plateau State said he was employed under the scheme and posted to a school of the handicap in the state as a teacher.
“I have been able to instruct the blind students and my vision is to make every blind person a scientist and a mathematician.
“I have been saving part of my stipend; I desire to establish a computer centre that will be training vision impaired persons through a special programme,’’ he said.
A beneficiary from Kano State Mr. Ebere Charles, said he graduated with 1st Class Honours in 2013 without a job.
Charles said that being the only graduate in the family of eight, it was frustrating not having a job until N-Power transformed his life.
“I was skeptical about this N-Power programme before, thinking it will be like any other failed social programmes in the past.
“I applied and I was posted to School of Hygiene in Kano where I lecture and counsel the students,’’ he said.
Mr Magaji Nicolas, another beneficiary of the programme from Kaduna, who graduated seven years ago, was full of appreciation to the government for employing them.
“My life before now was close to despair, I will wake up without a job,’’ he said,
Magaji, however, appealed to the Federal Government to extend the scheme to accommodate more youths.
“Youths want to be engaged like us but no one to engage them; the stipend is helping but engaging youths is more important even that the money.’’
Ms Geneve Okecheckwu, another beneficiary from Enugu said she had worked with some professionals under the N-Power to learn how to create website.