The Executive Assistant to Governor Simon Bako Lalong in Plateau state ,Dr ,Mrs ,Sumaye F. Hamza has said ,federal Government had injected a total of N8.941 Billion for beneficiaries of N-Power programme on social investment Programme ,(SIP) to cushion the effect of poverty among the very vulnerable poor of the most poorest in Nigeria .
Dr Hamza disclosed in her opening remark during a four days sensitization on Social Investment Programme, (SIP) N-Power, workshop for, N-Power volunteer start-ups in Plateau state.
According to her, she said; “ it gives me great pleasure to welcome you all to this important sensitisation workshop on the theme: ”Sensitisation workshop for N Power volunteer Start-Ups”. It is more inspiring for the fact that the programme is initiated, through my guidance, by an N-Power beneficiary by name Badi Emmanuel Mamuda.
She said ,Mr Badi is a Trainer with the Green Innovation Centre for the Agriculture and Food Sector (GIAE) GlZ Nigeria ,pleased to state that the beneficiary was one of the successful N-Power Volunteers with GlZ that travelled to participate in the Exposure Seminar “Promotion Strategies for Start-ups” at the GlZ international Conference and Training Centre Feldafing, Germany.
She maintained that the beneficiary has made us proud, his experience is sharing/dissemination programme will inspire other young entrepreneurs not necessarily N-Power beneficiaries to be more focused and committed.
Mrs Sumaye Hamza stressed that the workshop will certainly provide an opportunity where the N-Power entrepreneurs will share experience with each other to be equipped in self-economic decision making and understand the context of Start-Ups.
She explained further that, “at this point it is important that l remind you that the components of the Social investment Programme, initiated by our President, Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, which are all being implemented in Plateau State with the tremendous support of our Governor and Chairman Northern Governors; Forum, Rt. Hon. Barr Simon Bako Lalong had impacted positively in the lives of Plateau citizens.
The following include the components are:
National Home Grown School Feeding
Conditional Cash Transfer
Government Enterprise Empowerment Programme adding, Government is committed to ensure that Citizens of Nigeria are supper? And the activities subsequently get cut of poverty.
She reiterated that the multiplier effect by attracting investments that are tied to solving Supply side constraints, improve livelihood, Enhance financial inclusion, Reduce inequality: engender stability and security in communities.
Dr Sumaye revealed that the aim is to reduce poverty in Plateau State with a least 11,000 N-Power graduate beneficiaries in the components of NTeach, NHealth and NAgro from inception, a total of N8.941 Billion has been injected into the state circulating in the bands of these young graduates under N-Power, in the State.
She cautioned that this does not include Npower Build where skills are provided as well as start-up tools and monthly stipends to over 900 youths.
We have lots of success stories under all the SIP components. We are focusing on the N-Power intervention for the purpose of this gathering; what we are witnessing today is one of such.
We have beneficiaries that are into cosmetology, livestock, crop farming, masonry, tiling, fashion design and catering services just to mention a few. Suffice it to say that an appreciable number are now financially stable and have served as employers of labour.
She said doing what government is doing. in the words of a beneficiary “if i had known, i would not have been waiting for government to give me empowerment , because i have invested and i am paying people to work for me”.
Dr sumaye encourages them all to be attentive while she congratulated participants for being part of programs and activity which will surely pave way for better economic engagement.