From Chris Gaga, Makurdi
The Second batch of the N-Power programme 2017 batch B has taken off in Benue with the issuance of posting letters to volunteers across the 23 local governments of the State.
According to the N-Power Coordinator,Benue State, Mrs Akuul Grace, 8,826 volunteer beneficiaries in Benue are taking part in the Programme.
Mrs Akuul said the delay in the issuance of the deployment letters to the beneficiaries which was supposed to be on the 1st of August was because of the resolve of the N-power State focal office to correct some pitfalls recorded during the 2016 batche.
The State Coordinator said the posting of volunteers was fair as the residential address of beneficiaries was the basis for their postings, even as she maitained that N-power was focused on making the programme less stressful to the volunteers and not punishing them.
Mrs Akuul while commending President Muhammadu Buhari for wiping away poverty on-the-go street through the programme,urged the beneficiaries to embrace the programme with utmost seriousness,expressing hope that their commitment could get them absorbed.
“N-Power has come to Stay and it is a good programme. We need to embrace it. We should take it that this is what brings meal on our table. We should embrace it, at the end of it all if we do well we can be recognized by the place of our work and I think some of them can be absorbed into the system if they did very well. So they need to be serious. They should keep it up, it is a good project that have come to stay. I think kudos to President Muhammadu Buhari. He has tried. Wiping away poverty on the streets is not an easy job,” Mrs Akuul said.
Our correspondent who observed the Collection of posting letters to beneficiaries in Makurdi, Otukpo and Konshisha Local governments reports that some of the Beneficiaries including, Gabriel Adzer, N-Agro, Ejiga Gabriel,N-Health, Doofan Nyaregh,N-teach, Evelyn Aayongu and Benjamin Nyinyongu both expressed appreciation to President Muhammad Buhari and the N-power team noting that though the take off of the programme was long expected they would put in their best.
Meanwhile,the Special Assistant to the Benue State governor on Social Investestment, Hon Moses Iorfa advised the beneficiaries to utilize the opportunity accorded them by the programme by dedicating their best in their various places of Primary assignment.
About 8,826 out of the 300,000 volunteers of the N-Power programme are deployed for N-Teach, N-Agro, and N-health in Benue State.