President Muhammadu Buhari’s Senior Special Assistant on Job Creation and Youth Empowerment, Afolabi Imoukhuede, Tuesday announced that the 2016 batch ‘A’ N-power volunteers programme has been extended.
The 2018 N-power volunteers recruited into the scheme in 2016 were earlier scheduled to exit the programme in 2018.
But speaking at the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, forum in Abuja, Imoukhuede stated that although two years was originally designed for them to exit, the volunteers will now remain due to critical needs of their services in some sectors.
He said that the volunteers were filling a lot of gap, especially the N-teach who have had to make up for the shortfall of teachers in most schools across the country.
Imoukhuede said, “What we have found out is that they are filling a lot of gaps in some places like schools, where they do not have enough teachers.
“In some schools where the N-power volunteers are posted to, you discovered that it is only the principal and some NYSC members that are teaching students, the N-power teachers have helped to compliment their efforts.”
The presidential aide added that these among many others were the reason they were asked to continue their job, adding that the programme had been of greater value to the country.
He, however, disclosed that some volunteers had voluntarily exited the programmes as a result of new jobs, self employment among others.
Stressing that every Nigerian graduate, irrespective of political leaning, had benefited from the scheme, Imoukhuede asserted that “we do not ask for party affiliation or which political party is ruling in the state you come from before you can be recruited into the scheme.
“We deploy all the volunteers to the 774 local government areas in the country, including the Federal Capital Territory (FCT); we do not care whether you are APC, PDP or APGA,” he said.