400,000 youths benefit from N-Power, says NASS C’ttee
According to the House Committee on Poverty Reduction and Small and Medium-sized Enterprises Development (SMEDAN), 400,000 young people have benefited from the NPower program.
Balarabe Salame, MEP, chairman of the committee, told the Nigerian News Agency (NAN) in an interview in Abuja on Friday that his success was seen as chairman of the committee.
NAN reports that N-Power is President Muhammadu Buhari’s 2016 A program has been launched to tackle youth unemployment and promote social development.
Lawmakers representing the Iloto / Gwadabawa constituency in Sokoto state said N-Power and SMEDAN were effective in reducing poverty in the country.
“There are so many committees that can be turned into millions, but I asked for a committee that would touch the lives of the masses, and I was assigned a Poverty Reduction Committee.
“So far, no responsibility has been given for government money to fight poverty, but since I chaired the committee, N-Power has received 400,000 young people.
“And in my federal state, a women’s scholarship is beneficial in every county.
“At least 1,000 women were each given N20,000 to start a small business, while SMEDAN also provided more opportunities for young people and small businesses,” he said.
Meanwhile, the All-Intelligent Congress (APC) Stakeholder Forum also visited the President on a courtesy visit and presented him with the Legislator of the Year award.
Salame, a member of the House three times, said he believed he had served his constituency well during his term at the House and would not seek re-election.
He appealed to other lawmakers to properly empower members of their constituency and positively impact their lives to reduce crime and insecurity.
“I thank Almighty Allah for his help and people like you who always advise, support and appreciate what I have done.
“I think I got what I wanted and I will not run for office in the next election,” he said.
For his part, Abdullahi Sa’ad, Vice-Chair of the Public Finance Committee, praised Salame’s commitment to strengthening human capacity.
He noted improvements in the preparation of legislative contributions and their provision to the executive for integration into government programs.
Sa’ad also praised the synergy between the executive and the 9th.
“I thank God for this opportunity to appreciate Salame and say thank you, and may God give you the wisdom to forge a better partnership with the executive and the legislature.
“This government is arguably the best in terms of social interventions in the country’s history; seen level of social intervention.
“Both the money spent and the people who benefited from it are unprecedented in Nigerian history.
“There are several bills to create a permanent body responsible for social intervention programs in Nigeria, and I am confident that the committee under his leadership will review the bill and make recommendations for further legislative action.
“I congratulate you on the award and I believe it will not be the first, but not the last.
“We continue to pray for God’s counsel as you continue to positively impact the lives of your constituents and other Nigerians,” he said.
Abdullahi Hassan, a member of the APC Stakeholder Forum, said good governance, job creation and proper youth involvement are key to tackling insecurity in the country.
“We have identified unemployment as one of the main factors contributing to today’s insecurity.
“Whether it is IPOB, Boko Haram or Banditry, any kind of crime and the crimes that are happening in Nigeria today are unemployment.
Fortunately, Representative Salame has run programs over the past four years that have economically changed the living standards of the people in his district.
“That’s why the leaders of the APC Stakeholder Forum at the party’s national headquarters decided to visit you and appreciate your initiative to positively change the lives of their people,” Hassan said.
The highlight of the visit was the presentation of the Faruq H Award by the Chair of the APC Stakeholder Forum