By Joel Gomiyar

The Plateau State Focal Person, Social Investment Program and Executive Assistant to the State Governor, Dr. Sumaya Hamza on N-Power says a total of 12 billion naira has so far been spent on the first batch of N-Power beneficiaries.

Mrs. Hamza said the funds were spent mainly on N-Power graduates and devices, N-Power non-graduate allowances and training fees, National Home Grown School Feeding Program, Conditional Cash Transfer, Government Enterprises Empowerment Program- Market and Trader Money among others.

Speaking at an Orientation session for some of the batch2 beneficiaries of the program organized by her office at Treasures Inn, Jos, the Plateau state capital, the NPower anchorperson explained that the program is part of the FG's initiative aimed at boosting productivity, create jobs, enhance financial inclusion and reduce poverty especially among the youths.

Chairman of the Occasion and Acting Secretary to the government of Plateau state, Mr. Richard Tokma who doubled as the representative of the Plateau State Governor Lalong, Simon Lalong revealed that the state government has equally empowered unemployed youths through entrepreneurial training.

"Recently, the state government made pronouncement to the effect that 1,600 unemployed graduates would be engaged in the state civil service". He said.

He encouraged the batch2 beneficiaries to use the Orientation to prepare themselves and make judicious use of the stipend to empower themselves as well as the society.

There was paper presentation from INEC on Violence free election: the role of the youths in in our communities.

Similarly, the National Orientation Agency, Plateau State Director, Bulus Dabit presented a paper on Patriotism and "etiqet", while Mrs Felicity Gurumyen, GM. CSDA Plateau state presented on Community service.

Over 3000 N-Power beneficiaries from the state's northern zone attended the orientation.