Gov. Yahaya Bello of Kogi has assured the N-Power teach volunteers in the state that they will be absorbed into the civil service at the end of their service.
He gave the assurance while addressing the volunteers in Lokoja during the interactive session with partners and the federal government’s monitoring and evaluation team.
Bello noted that the government appreciated the services of the volunteers, especially in the schools and said those with the requisite teaching qualifications stood the chance of being absorbed in the state service.
The governor gave the assurance that Kogi would continue to partner the N-Power volunteers during and after the programme.
“You will be ready materials to be engaged by the state,’’ he said, adding that the state executive council had decided to engage qualified hands to help in the education sector.
He, therefore, advised the volunteers to put their body and soul in the programme and also serious interest as well as carry out the assignments with passion.
“Do it with passion because it is service to humanity,’’ he said, adding that in spite of the stipends the scheme was an opportunity to develop themselves, the society and give hope and future to the young ones.
The governor thanked the Federal Government for initiating the youth job programme and following it through to ensure that the teeming youths across the country were empowered.
He also said that the volunteers had demonstrated the spirit of patriotism and loyalty to the nation by joining in the programme.
“We have been giving our support to ensure that the programme is a success in Kogi state.
“This is a promise kept by Mr President and this is a promise kept by our great party, APC, and this is a promise kept by this new direction administration,’’ he said.
The governor requested that the state should be given large number of volunteers in the next recruitment.
The Presidential aide on Job creation, Mr Afolabi Imoukhuede, had requested that the state did effective monitoring of the volunteers to derive maximum benefits from the scheme.
Some volunteers who narrated their experiences in the scheme thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for giving them a sense of belonging and providing them with means of livelihood.
NAN reports that the job scheme, known as ‘N-Power’, is one of the five initiatives of the Social Investment Programmes of the Federal Government.
NAN reports that the Presidency said no fewer than 403,528 persons had so far successfully applied for jobs on the Federal Government’s newly-launched job portal since it opened for applicants.
The Senior Special Assistant to the Vice-President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Laolu Akande, who disclosed this, said as of noon on June 13, about 403,528 applicants had successfully registered on the site and were in the middle of completing the application process.
According to the statement, the website has so far recorded over 35 million hits since Saturday midnight.