By Oginyi Nkechinyere
The South East Federal Government Social Investment Scheme facilitator, Mr. Nnanna Okoro said many graduates and non graduates’ beneficiaries of the social investment scheme, N-Power had become self employed, owners of small scale industries and businesses while many others had become employers of labour, hence the need for federal government to sustain the program.
The erstwhile desk officers for N-Power in Ebonyi State, Mr. Nnanna spoke to journalists in Abakaliki on Tuesday and noted that N-Power which is one of the social investment scheme of President Mohammed Buhari was the most transparent program embarked on by federal government of Nigeria and the transparency in the selection gave opportunity for almost every house hold in South East to benefit in one way or the other.
According to him, over 70,000 persons from the South-East had benefitted from the graduates and non graduates aspects of the investment programme, while more than 500,000 were currently benefitting across the country.
He further commended President Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo for their ingenuity which led to the introduction of social investment scheme that has lifted thousands of youths who are beneficiaries from abject poverty and joblessness.
He said, “I would like to start by thanking the APC-led government of Muhammadu Buhari and Vice Yemi Osinbajo for their efforts in implementing workable people oriented projects & policies in Nigeria especially investing in our people.”
“Apart from several projects and infrastructures initiated in the South East like the Second Niger bridge, Enugu-Anambra road and the incoming rail projects. I wish to appreciate the APC-led federal government for implementing various programs in investing in our people, the Local Government financial autonomy, and House of Assembly financial autonomy.”
“The administration created over 500,000 jobs in the N-Power scheme, making loans accessible to the market men and women across the country, over 10 million school children are being fed daily, which has empowered over 101,913 cooks across the states of the federation in the National home grown school feeding program.”
“All what we need is sustenance of the good democracy of the APC led Federal Government of President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo NEXT LEVEL programs and beyond. As there are laid down plans to recruit more 1 million graduates in the N-Power scheme with other intervention programs that invest in our people.”
“I can tell you that in South East alone, close to 70,000 persons have benefited directly from the N-Power scheme, several traders have benefited from GEEP-MARKETMONI, TRADERMONI, including the feeding of our school children in public schools by President Muhammadu Buhari and Yemi Osinbajo led Federal Government.”
He appealed to the APC family in the state to form a strong party that will last beyond the Government of Buhari, adding that the forum of APC – government in South East should be formed so that it could help to build unity in the zone and bring more development and empowerment for the people.
He said, “They should work on building internal peacemaking, stop undue factions that may destroy the party in the near future. When we work together we can resist the influence of external and internal forces within and outside the party.”
Mr. Nnanna however set aside his party difference to commend Governor David Umahi for his infrastructural policies in the state and urged him to engage better capable hands in his second tenure.
He added, “As an indigene and resident of Ebonyi State, may I appreciate the governor of Ebonyi state as Infrastructural development Governor, Image builder of Ebonyi citizens and state, a grass root governor who spends 90% of his time with his people and projects across the state.”
“May I wish to remind him of the need to invest more on the people by improving their standard of living. If our crop farming policies are not working effectively, let us as a state diversify into livestock farming, investment in mini production industries to create wealth and food for the people. I believe when building your team, you should constitute a dedicated and result oriented team like the previous ones have been witnessed.”