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Kogi targets 10,000 SMEs, 50,000 unemployed youths through N-Power
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By Innocent Senyo
June 14, 2017 09:59:45am GMT      |      Views: 949

WorldStage Newsonline-- The Kogi State Government is targeting the registration of over 50,000 unemployed youths in the second phase of the N-Power programmes in order to drastically reduce unemployment in the state.

The Special Adviser to the Governor on Multilateral Donor Agencies and Special Projects/Focal Person on Social Investment Programme, Mr. Adoga Ibrahim said 10,000 small and medium scale entrepreneurs are to be captured under the Government Enterprises and Empowerment Program (GEEP), which had commenced in the state.

Speaking on Wednesday during a press briefing in Lokoja, the state capital, Ibrahim said that the portal for the phase two registration of the programme, was reopened the previous day (Tuesday), adding that the goal of the state government was to register every single unemployed graduates and youths in Kogi.

According to him: "Our goal is to register all categories of people resident in Kogi State, who qualify for the programme. Our minimum target is to register 50, 000 youths under the age of 35 years.

"However, the unemployed graduates with degree, ND, NCE holders, and healthcare practitioners will be given priority in the selection process.

"The Social Investment Programme (SIP) office will have designated registration centers in all the 21 local government areas of Kogi, while constituencies without access to Internet will be provided with forms, and registration will be done through our command center in Lokoja, upon submission of such forms.

"We hope to register as many people as possible between June 13 and July 13 regardless of the deadline. Nobody can register for N-Power without BVN

"We are calling on all the state's political appointees that the process of registration is open to all Nigerians and can only be done online and not subject to any form of manipulation".

The Head Unit of the N-Power, Mr Femi Bolaji commended Governor Yahaya Bello for the timely provision of the state's counterparts fund and for his support towards the quick realisation of the social investment programmes in Kogi.

He explained that the Government Enterprises and Empowerment Program (GEEP) has commenced in the state and many people have been benefiting through their various cooperatives.

He urged small scale entrepreneurs to take advantage of the scheme to better their lives.

"We are targeting 10,000 SMEs which we be given loans with single digit interest over 6 months. This is a cooperative driving micro credit scheme and it is part of the Federal Government Social investment programs," he said.

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