By Lawal Ameen
President Muhammadu Buhari has demanded for additional fund of N157.75 billion in the 2017 budget figures to finance the N-Power to employ additional 350,000 graduates to be engaged in the N-Power Volunteer Corps.
This was disclosed by the Acting President Yemi Osinbajo’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to Acting, Laolu Akande, on Sunday while updating on the Social Investment Programe (SIP) of the Buhari-led administration.
Mr Akande highligted that with N157 billion budget, additional 350,000 unemployed graduates and 50,000 youths who are non-graduates would be absorbed into the N-Power 2017 scheme.
“Under the N157.75 also, a sum of N4.5B has been earmarked for the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, STEM program to support young Nigerians in building skills in those disciplines”, he added.
Reassuring Nigerians that the implimentation of the SIP now ongoing, Akande said it is arranged to be executed in different stages.
“We already engaged 200,000 unemployed graduates last year, 350,000 more will be engaged this year. Problems we encountered are now giving ways to lessons that would ease the implementation under the 2017 budget”.
The vice presidential spokesman further disclosed that “about N75 billion has been allocated for the National Homegrown School Feeding Programme, which will provide one hot meal a day to 5 million primary school pupils”.
He explained that “this would certainly be an improvement on how far the feeding programme has been implemented so far under the 2016 budget which has so far attained the feeding of about one million pupils.”
Akande further clarified that while President Buhari has approved another N500 billion in 2007 for all the social intervention programmes, N100 billion out of it, has been allocated for the Family Homes Fund, saying that it has already been announced by the Ministry of Finance.
“Nigerians should expect more impact as the implementation of the SIP in 2017 will be more impactful than 2016. Buhari-led administration is bent on impacting more lives positively, which Nigerians have come to appreciate”, the vice presidential spokesman said.