Imo NOA boss de­cries low reg­is­tra­tion of state’s non-grad­u­ates in N-power pro­gramme

The Guardian (Nigeria) - - APPOINTMENTS - From Charles Ogug­buaja, Ow­erri

THE Imo State Direc­tor of Na­tional Ori­en­ta­tion Agency (NAO), Mr. Vi­tus Eleocha, has de­cried the lack of in­ter­est in the NPower pro­gramme of the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment by non-grad­u­ates of Imo State.

Eleocha stated this through the Deputy Direc­tor of the agency in the state, In­no­cent Iwuchukwu, dur­ing the flag- off of the state-wide Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Assem­bly on ‘’Peace, Pa­tri­o­tism, Good gov­er­nance, and Com­mu­nity De­vel­op­ment’’, held at Ahi­azu Mbaise Lo­cal Coun­cil, Imo State.

Ekeocha, re­gret­ted that only 78 non-grad­u­ates are on the list sent to them as registrants in the N-power pro­gramme, away from Delta registrants that are 2,000, won­der­ing why the youths in Imo did not regis- ter for the pro­gramme.

In the event at­tended by the monarch of Og­bor Ihitte Af­foukwu Ahi­azu au­ton­o­mous com­mu­nity, Thomas Nwokedi, a Lawyer, the Di­vi­sional Po­lice Of­fi­cer of the coun­cil, Heart Chima Kanayo; the Of­fi­cer -in­Charge of Depart­ment of State Ser­vice, Gordy Obasi; the Prin­ci­pal Ad­min­is­tra­tive Of­fi­cer of the coun­cil, Chima Nwachukwu, rep­re­sent­ing the Direc­tor of Ad­min­is­tra­tion, and Gen­eral Ser­vices (DAGS), Emeka Odua, a lawyer, Ekeocha, said the flag off was at the in­struc­tion of the Direc­tor Gen­eral of NOA, Dr. Garba Abari, not­ing that it was geared to­wards en­light­en­ing the Nige­rian pop­u­lace on its poli­cies and pro­grammes, urg­ing Nige­tians to queue in gov­er­nance and not to dis­like such.

His words: ‘’Lo­cally how­ever, it seems pa­tri­otic feel­ings are lim­ited to kind of nepotic and trib­al­is­tic ten­den­cies. We can­not achieve much with this. Na­tional Ori­en­ta­tion Agency is ap­peal­ing that we do our best to iden­tify the things that to­gether make us strong and hold fast to them.

“There have been many gov­ern­ment poverty al­le­vi­a­tion pro­grammes. The youths are ev­ery­where on phone. Are they ac­cess­ing proper in­for­ma­tion from the In­ter­net to grab avail­able op­por­tu­ni­ties? How many peo­ple here were suc­cess­ful in the N-power pro­gramme? Delta State reg­is­tered over 2,000 youths in the N-power (Nbuild) that is now be­ing ver­i­fied. Imo State had only 78 peo­ple. Are there no non-univer­sity grad­u­ates look­ing for em­ploy­ment? They just re­fused to know...’’

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