The Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on job creation and youth employment, Afolabi Imoukhuede, says the start date for the proposed Community Policing, whereby N-Power volunteers will be drafted in to help tackle insecurity in the country is not yet known.
Concise News reports that Afolabi was speaking with select journalists recently, where he addressed the N-Power project and other national issues.
“We don’t have a date yet as the governors are still in discussions with the police command and other security agencies on the modalities,” he says.
Furthermore, the presidential aide discloses that the federal government spends N15 billion monthly on the payment of stipends of the volunteers.
“For the batch one, they started earning from December 2016, we invested N72bn annually just for batch one, aside from the gadget that they got.
“Just even the direct investment in our people, N30,000 by 200,000, that’s N6bn every month.
“Since August last year, the wage bill has moved from N6bn monthly to N15bn because they are now 500,000 volunteers.
“We don’t owe anyone and the money is paid directly to the beneficiaries, no third party,” he says.
The scheme currently engages no fewer than 500,000 youth graduates deployed to provide public health services in teaching, health, agriculture and tax and monitoring.
It also engages another 200,000 non-graduates in training or on attachment to organisations as interns.