N-Power to treble from 500,000 to 1.5 million – Osinbajo
Vice President Yemi
Osinbajo has stated that the job creation and empowerment initiative of
the All Progressives Congress (APC) government will treble when the
government is re-elected on February 16.
Osinbajo who headlined
Ondo and Ekiti State campaign rallies along President Muhammadu Buhari
reiterated the commitment of the government to create jobs and create an
enabling environment for entrepreneurs.
He explained that the
APC government will continue to ensure that the monies of the people
work for the people, insisting that even the enemies of President Buhari
know that he is a man of integrity and uprightness.
He then assured the crowd that more unemployed graduates will be coopted
into the N-Power scheme, tripling the figure from 500,000 to 1.5
“The successful persons here are the ones who have decided to vote for a
leader that fights tooth and nail against corruption and such a leader
is President Muhammadu Buhari,” Prof Osinbajo said at the Ondo
“I’ll be speaking on the three cardinal issues that are of paramount
importance to this administration and one is, work for the youths. “The
President is really interested in ensuring that our youths are gainfully
employed. Our universities and polytechnics produce 1.7 million
graduates annually and these graduates enter into the labour market
“This was the main
reason why we had to set up the N-Power scheme,” he said.
“We currently employ 500 thousand persons, but this is just the start as
our target in the next level is to employ 1.5m individuals.”
“Power is the second item on our list, if electricity was available, we
would all enjoy the benefits at our homes and workplaces which would
only mean higher quality of work from our artisans. The issue of
estimated billing comes a result of the companies that NEPA was sold to
in 2005 not being able to perform up to capacity and as such we are
looking to bring in new players into the fold. Companies that can
transmit the power being generated to the people that need it.”
“Home Grown Feeding is another scheme that we are hoping to improve on.
Currently the scheme feeds 9.2m children but at the Next Level, this
figure is expected to grow up to 13million as we expand to cover all the
states from the current 26 participants.
“This scheme is helping to engage our cooks and farmers on whose behalf
we are entering into partnership with Brazil to provide us with
equipment such as tractors and combined harvesters to spur on mechanized
“All the above can and would be achieved if we all here present vote for
President Buhari, the man who was responsible for the construction of
three of Nigeria’s Four refineries, over 3,500 km of pipelines.
“A man whose character profile is snow white clean when compared to his
main challenger who not only publicly stated he was going to sell off
the state owned NNPC but enrich his friends as well, if he came to
Prof Osinbajo urged the teeming crowd to vote for the APC at all levels
before he rounded off his speech with his signature tune, “Oke Oke Lan
Lo oooo” (We are going higher and higher).
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