By Isek Violet And Deborah Obot
The Focal Person of the National Social Investment Program, Ambassador Nkoyo Toyo has urged the N-Power Build volunteers to maximize the opportunity given to them “as such are hard to come by these days.”
Ambassador Nkoyo sounded the warning at a one day job fair for Volunteers in Cross River State which was held Friday at the Central Bank of Nigeria, South – South Entrepreneurship Development Centre (CBN-SSEDC), Calabar the State capital where she encouraged them to take responsibilities as well as go extra mile.
She further stressed on the importance of the skills they have acquired urging them not to relent in becoming ambassadors of N-Build. Nkoyo warned that they should in no way tarnish the image of N-Power by engaging in fraudulent activities.
She said, “Being a youth is transitional, it is not permanent, so whenever you have an opportunity, grab it and make it work. Attach importance to what the Government has invested in you, do your best and see how it would take you to the next level.
“For many of you, it is another opportunity to collect ten thousand naira at the end of the month and walk away. There is huge opportunity in Cross River State, but the human resource is not there, this is an opportunity to look out for openings that exist out there.”
Concluding, the former Nigerian Ambassor to Ethiopia maintained that, “The opportunities in Nigeria are shrinking, and you can see the population of the country. I believe all of you here are graduates, if everybody wants to be employed, who will now become the messenger?” She asked rhetorically.
The Commissioner for Youths and Sports Development, Asu Okang who was also present, applauded the efforts of President Muhammadu Buhari for the initiative and maintained that the State will ensure that volunteers are engaged in their chosen field.
His words: “I will like to personally, and on behalf of the Cross River State Government applaud the initiative of President Muhammadu Buhari over the N-Power initiative, for us it is an ingenious project especially that it affects the young people of Cross River State and other Nigerians across the Nation. Once an agenda is good, it is good regardless of which party it is coming from.”
Adding that, “I also applaud Ambassador Nkoyo Toyo and the entire team in Cross River, I will take it upon myself to drive and ensure that you are properly engaged, build collaboration and ensure we find every available opportunity to engage yourself. We expect you to go and do more for Cross River State.”
The N-Power Build is a 1 year program and the job fair was organized after the first 3 months training, and as part of the program benefits, volunteers were given tool kits to aid them in their 9 months of practical work experience in the focus industries which includes; Building Services, Construction, Built Environmental Services, Utilities, Automotive, Aluminum and Gas.
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