The Kogi Government says it is targeting over 50,000 unemployed youths for registration in the second phase of the N-Power programmes in order to drastically reduce unemployment in the State.
Mr Adoga Ibrahim, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Multilateral Donor Agencies and Special Projects/Focal Person on Social Investment Programme, disclosed this at a press briefing on Tuesday in Lokoja.
He said the portal has been reopened on Tuesday June 13, for phase two registration of the programme, and the goal of the state government was to register every single unemployed graduates and youths in Kogi.
“Our goal is to register all categories of people that resident in Kogi State who qualify for the programme. Our minimum target is to register 50, 000 youths under the age of 35 years.
“However, the unemployed graduates with Degree, ND, NCE holders, and healthcare practitioners will be given priority in the selection process.
“The Social Investment Programme (SIP) office will have designated registration centers in all the 21 Locals Government Areas of Kogi, while constituencies without access to internet will be provided with forms, and registration will be done through our command center in Lokoja upon submission of such forms.
“We hope to register as many people as possible between June 13 and July 13 regardless of the deadline. Nobody can register for N-Power without BVN
“We are calling on all the state’s political appointees that the process of registration is open to all Nigerians and can only be done online and not subject to any form of manipulation,” Ibrahim advised.
He, however, noted that all forms for the social investment programmes are free of charge, and warned that no intended beneficiary should pay a dine to anybody to obtain any form.
Mr Femi Bolaji, the State Head Unit of the N-Power, commended the State Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, for the timely provision of the state’s counterparts fund and for his total support towards the quick realisation of the social investment programmes in Kogi.
Bolaji added that the Government Enterprises and Empowerment Program (GEEP) has commenced in the state and many people have been benefitted through their various cooperatives, urging the small scale entrepreneurs to take advantage of the scheme to better their lives.
“We are targeting 10,000 SMEs which we be given loans with single digit interest over 6 months. This is a cooperative driving micro credit scheme and it is part of the Federal Government Social investment programs,” he said.
The focal person said all the five welfare packages under the SIP, had all commenced in Kogi with a digitalised well-structured offices, which includes: GEEP, HGSF, STEM, Conditioner Cash Transfer and the N-Power.
Credits: Stephen Adeleye | NAN