The President Muhammadu Buhari led government has approved an additional sum of N4,500/monthly for each of the 200,000 beneficiaries of N-Power Volunteer Corps jobs for the purchase of an enhanced electronic device – computer tablet or i-Pad.
It is learnt that the device would be loaded with different applications that would further enhance the skills of the beneficiaries and afford them additional training opportunities during the two-year duration of the job program.
The payment for the device would be stretched for 20 months, with the subsidy by government covering the repayment in some months.
It is also understood that the Bank of Industry (BoI) is responsible for financing the acquisition of the tablets.
Speaking on the development, Mr. Laolu Akande, the SSA media in the Vice President’s office, said that each N-Power graduate, after being verified would select his choice of device amongst nine different BOI pre-approved vendors.
While giving an update on this, yesterday, Akande said the repayment ranges between N3,000 to N6,700 monthly.
“Therefore in some cases the N4500 device grant would cover the full monthly deduction cost while in other cases the graduate authorises BOI to deduct the additional differential cost from their monthly stipends depending on the device chosen”, said Akande.
The Vice President’s spokesman also noted that 6 of the 9 BOI pre-approved vendors are indigenous local brands in pursuit of the Buhari administration’s push for Local Content.
He said almost 100,000 graduate N-Power beneficiaries have completed their orders for the devices.
“The plan is to conduct the order of the devices in two batches of 100,000 each, one after the other”, Akande added.
According to Akande, at the last count, 149, 669 Nigerian graduates of the 200,000 engaged by the Federal Government under the N-Power Volunteer Corps are now collecting their monthly stipends of N30,000 monthly having been physically verified and deployed across the 36 states and FCT.
He said the beneficiaries on government pay roll have been physically verified and deployed, while their bank accounts have also been matched with the Bank Verification Number.
The SSA said that, in December, about 112,475 of the N-Power graduate beneficiaries received the N30,000 monthly stipends, and the number came close to 150,000, both in January and February meaning about that number are now receiving their up-to-date stipends from the N-Power Volunteer Corps.