N-Power in Nigeria is geared towards Youth Empowerment and Poverty Alleviation, and alongside, we look into other Poverty Alleviation and Youth Empowerment Schemes introduced by Nigerian government since independent in year 1960. Nigerian government is absolutely seeing to the rate of Youth Empowerment and more of Poverty Alleviation Programme all across the country, well and good. But if I may ask, is this the first? You may hold the answer yet, because it lies beneath.
Gone are the days, in 1980s when the rate of poverty in Nigeria was reported to be 27.2% the impression then @TopifyNG believes was that Nigeria is a better place to live, especially when compared to the situations in some African and Asian countries at that moment.
Under normal circumstances and given the advancement in economic development in other countries of the world, especially those found in Asia where the rate of poverty was higher than that of Nigeria in the1 980s, one expects the rate of poverty in Nigeria to probably be less than 5 per cent in the 2000s, but unfortunately the poverty rate has waxed to increased from 27 per cent in 1980s to 54.4 per cent and 69 per cent in 2004 and 2010 respectively (Nation Bureaus of Statistics 2012, Nigeria Poverty Profile 2010 ).
But spare me that, that is not where we are heading to. Topify has consulted few records and has come out to list some poverty alleviation and youth development or Empowerment programmes the Nigerian government has implemented in the past to the present, N-Power
What is Poverty?
According to World Bank (1999) poverty is hunger,; lack of shelter; being sick and not able to go to school; not knowing how to read; not being able to speak properly; not having a job; Fear of future; losing of child to illness brought about by unclean water; powerlessness; lack of representation and freedom. Meanwhile, some may also view poverty as either absolute or relative or both. Absolute in the sense that it is applied at all time in all societies such as level of income necessary for bare subsistence, while relative poverty relates to the living standards of the poor to the standards that prevails elsewhere int he society in which they live.
Although, there are various cause of poverty and yet the government has thrived to measured and alleviate it. Ironically, it is not a big the government of Nigeria over the years has not introduced measures/programmes to curtail the increase in the rate of the poverty. However, below are the list of governmental measure towards empowering the youths and alleviating poverty in Nigeria so far:
N-Power like Youth and Poverty Alleviation in Nigeria
- Operation Feed the Nation
- River Basin Credit Development Authorities, the
- Agricultural Development Programmes, the
- Agricultural Credit Guarantee Scheme, the
- Rural Electrification Scheme, the
- Green Revolution, the
- Directorate for Food, the
- Roads and Rural Infrastructures,
- National Directorate of Employment, the
- Better Life Programme, the
- Peoples’ Bank, the
- Family Support Programme, the
- Family Economic and Advancement Programme, the
- Poverty Alleviation Programme (PAP)
- National Poverty Eradication Programme (NAPEP) [an integral to National Economic Empowerment and Development Strategy (NEEDS)]
- Seven Point Agenda, the
…just to name a few, and now to N-Power. But unfortunately, these measures have not achieved desired objectives because of a number of challenges such as discontinuity of their implementation, budgetary constraints, and mismanagement of project funds.
Now, what does N-Power does? We are going to put the excerpt as it is quoted on from N-Power Official Website
WHAT WE DO
ABOUT US – NPOWER
Skills and knowledge are the driving forces of economic growth and social development. Despite the current high level of unemployment, harnessing Nigeria’s young demography through appropriate skill development efforts provides an opportunity to achieve inclusion and productivity within the country. Large-scale skill development is the main policy thrust of the N-Power Programme.
N-Power is also linked to the Federal Government’s policies in the economic, employment and social development arenas. N-Power addresses the challenge of youth unemployment by providing a structure for large scale and relevant work skills acquisition and development while linking its core and outcomes to fixing inadequate public services and stimulating the larger economy. The modular programmes under N-Power will ensure that each participant will learn and practice most of what is necessary to find or create work. The N-Power Volunteer Corp involves a massive deployment of 500,000 trained graduates who will assist to improve the inadequacies in our public services in education, health and civic education. Some of these graduates will also help in actualising Nigeria’s economic and strategic aspirations of achieving food security and self-sufficiency.
N-Power will also be a platform for diversifying the economy. N-Power is preparing young Nigerians for a knowledge economy where, equipped with world-class skills and certification, they become innovators and movers in the domestic and global markets. Nigeria will have a pool of software developers, hardware service professionals, animators, graphic artists, building services professionals, artisans and others. N-Power also focuses on providing our non-graduates with relevant technical and business skills that enhance their work outlook and livelihood.
WHO CAN APPLY
REQUIREMENTS FOR N-POWER
N-Power aspires to provide a platform where most Nigerians can access skills acquisition and development. At this time however, the initial modular programmes in N-Power are designed for Nigerian citizens between the ages of 18 and 35. You will need to meet the minimum requirements (if any) for your respective programme. Generally, selection is based:
→ On your expression of a genuine interest in whichever area you decide;
→ Passing the relevant tests;
→ Your willingness to push yourself beyond your comfort zone; and
→ Ability to show a flair to develop all the skills you need to be the best you can be.
While there are fixed requirements along the way, we will be relying on you to take ownership of the process and take the lead in shaping your route, by making the most of the training that you will receive.
For the purposes of N-Power, Graduate means any post-tertiary qualification including an Ordinary National Diploma (OND) or Nigerian Certificate in Education (NCE) or as may be specified by the programme.