On February 20, 2019, Presidential aide on Job Creation and the National Coordinator of N-Power Scheme, Mr Afolabi Imoukhuede as usual, engaged beneficiaries of the youth empowerment programme in Facebook Live Chat.
In this transcribed version of Mr Afolabi Video Chat with N-power Volunteers on February 20, 2019 here are the highlights of what you will find in chat:
- Greetings from President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo
- 2017 Deployment Update
- Batch Two 2016 Device
- Monthly stipend (Payment)
- 2016 Backlogs
- Levels by which we monitor
- N-Power Non Graduate Technology Hardware
- Where You Will Be Trained In Four Trades In Construction
- N-Power enhancement update
- Next Recruitment
- N-Power Creative And Software
- N-PowerEntrepreneurship Competition
- NPOWER T-Shirts
What video below or read the Full Transcribed version of the live chat
Greetings from President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo
I trust all is well with you and your family. Greetings to you from Mr President and his Vice Prof Yemi Osinbajo. As you know they are your primary sponsors and investors.I also want to wish you a happy valentine season. Again we are in the election season, so let me apologise for the abrupt postponement of the election.
The essence of this session is to catch base with us and also use this platform to update us.
Remember as long as you have been paid you have access to the learning materials in your portal. So all these learning materials are there for you even if you have no device at the moment.
You have to work, you have to work in N-power and in your community. N-power is a full-time volunteer programme, which you have to work full time and where you fail to work you will be suspended. The reason I am bringing this up is because the rate of suspension is growing, not only for batch one but batch two.
I want to appeal that the work component of npower is very critical.If you dont go to work how do you improve your learning,how do you get a referral for other job opportunities.
2017 Deployment Update
A very few of you may still have challenges between been on boarded and been enrolled particularly those of you in the supplementary batch for which the first month of January should have been your first month of payment. I will talk more on this much later.
Monthly stipend (Payment)
Talking of payment lot more of you are happy because not only did you get your first month you also got your preceding month , especially the batch 2 volunteers. I hope by now you have learned to trust and believe in us.
Batch Two 2016 Device
You are also asking of your devices. Well, you will get your device along with the batch 2 as they get theirs. Within the first quarter of this year, I am sure you will be invited to select your device.We need to work with the bank of industry and they also have to work with selected partners. The process is ongoing.
Some of you are expecting backlogs Payment because you had challenges, now you have been paid but still expecting a few more months.I have been told that about 602 of you have now been successfully confirmed so you are currently in the next set of backlogs we will process between the end of February and march.
N-Power enhancement update
Those of you in this batch One that keep expressing your faith in the programme i can only say it this way ,you are already in the next level.You are already in the period we call “ENHANCEMENT“.
You are already in your next level which is your N-Power enhancement. Details of your enhancement will be communicated. We have been busy with the election and after it,we would let you know.Your quest for permanency is tied to the pvc in your hands and the continuity of Mr president in office. 90 percent of what you seek is in your hands.
You should seize every opportunity,save your stipend and form cooperative so you have enough.
Levels by which we monitor.
Dont estimate we wont know when you are at work or not. Know that the heads of your ppa do send us reports.We also have independent monitors that also pay unscheduled visits to your ppa. We also have project managers that pay visit to your ppa.
You will be paid for this month of February,there is no cause for alarm.
N–Power Non Graduate Technology Hardware
I am happy to say to you and Nigerians,that we have successfully concluded in five geopolitical All the zones. All the 5000 beneficiaries are now enjoying the knowledge they have gained.Also they are now enjoying the privileged of the device given to them.
I am sure most of you are settling down in your various apprenticeship gsm villages seeking to learn more and apply your knowledge.
SOUTH WEST please bear with us,we didn’t want start and stop.We could have started since February 1st.But we decided to do is to pend you after the election.
20000 of you are already out there in your various apprenticeships and you have completed your in center training,congratulations.I did meet some of you at the artisans award in late January where some of you won excellent prizes.
We are now ready to get the next batch of 20000 beneficiaries for this category Where You Will Be Trained In Four Trades In Construction: electrical,plumbing,masonry,carpentry and also two trades within the automobile space: automobile technician and agricultural technician ,we will also now include the hospitality category.
Once you are in the npower data base,you are family and this does not include only the 500 ,000 graduates we employed or 26000 Non graduates beneficiaries. Its is the wider 3 million of you that applied.
And some of you must have already gotten the sms asking you to indicate interest for the programme. So what we did was to extend these opportunities to you.
However we cant do much now because of the election but from now till April /May we will commence the phase two of the npower build vocational build and apprenticeship programme.
The 2017 batch,about 6000 of you still having issues with the portal.Yes you have uploaded your ppa to the portal but you are not yet in payroll .P lease visit the portal and contact our support center.
About 40000 of you in the supplementary list must have uploaded your letter but not yet in payroll,you should also visit the portal to see why you haven’t been paid .so you can contact our support center to immediately resolve your issue.
Congratulations to the 2017 batch,about 97 percent of you are are in our payroll and have been paid all that you owed.The rest three percent will be smiling by February .
Portal re-opening is also tied to continuity, “the next level”.If you want the portal re-open go out on Saturday and vote massively for President Buhari .
N-Power Creative And Software
Please give us time till after the elections.We need some approval from the Federal executive council.
We will keep you updated.
N-Power Entrepreneurship Competition
The competition is still live.We have seen your videos and some of you are still uploading your videos.Wining the competition is up to you,get your friends and well-wishers to comment,like and share your videos so you can win.
We are only giving you more time to participate and get friends to like your video. Deadline is latest March 15th but we would announce the closing date and also the date for announcement of our winners and clearly have an event where we would celebrate with you and have the Vice President present your prize.
After this,we would also have a competition for Npower Non Graduate Category.
We have t shirts available for everyone of you.I am not talking about the political t shirts that some of you made. There is a t shirt that is Npower and the Nigerian coat of arms. But because of production challenge,it
is coming in batches and they are been housed in all the geopolitical zones.In some states,we have shared to as many of you.
The goal is to have an Npower Day.We will be declaring a day in the week,that will be called the Npower day where you will wear your t shirt to your ppa just like NYSC CDS. Please note,this is not tied to election.
The goal is to have a weekly Npower Day. These T shirts are free, dont buy and please report anyone who sells N-Power T-shirts to you.
Do you have any question regarding this latest update by Imoukhuede? Let’s hear from you.