Over seven thousand beneficiaries of Npower programme in Ekiti State have been deployed to their various places of engagement under the second batch of the social investment programme of the federal government
The beneficiaries who are unemployed graduates got their deployment letters today in Ado Ekiti from government officials in different categories like teaching, health and agriculture across the sixteen local government of the state.
In an interview, some of them called on the federal government to sustain the initiative by making it a permanent engagement instead of the current two years arrangement.
The beneficiaries commended the current administration for not politicising the Npower Scheme, stressing that those that were selected for the second batch were chosen based on merit.
In a contribution the President of Npower Beneficiaries in Ekiti State, Mr. Oladimeji Oluwadare contended the initiative was a blessing to jobless youths just as it has reduced the crime rate in the state.
Mr. Oluwadare who urged the new beneficiaries not to see the initiative as a piece the national cake stressed the need for them to be committed, dedicated in their places of engagement.
Also the Publicity Secretary of All Progressives Congress, APC, in Ekiti State, Chief Taiwo Olatunbosun said the programme was part of the federal government intervention programme in the state aimed at reducing unemployment.
Our correspondent reports that over three thousand beneficiaries were participating in the first batch of the scheme in Ekiti state.