Beneficiaries of the N-Power scheme in Ekiti State have pledged have thrown their weights behind the re-election bid of President Muhammad Buhari in the forthcoming 2019 general election.
The beneficiaries spoke in Ado Ekiti, the Ekiti state capital on Monday during the accreditation and issuance of letter of engagement to over 8000 beneficiaries for the second phase of the federal government initiated intervention scheme in the state.
The programme, according to them has saved them from pangs of unemployment and provided them with means of livelihoods.
They described Buhari and the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led federal government as the best alternative to lead Nigeria beyond 2019, saying the country can’t afford to slide into the hands of corrupt politicians, who had looted the treasury and brought untold hardship to the masses.
A total of 3,600 beneficiaries were earlier engaged for the first phase of the scheme in Ekiti state increasing the numbers of beneficiaries in the state to about 11,000.
Speaking to newsmen on behalf of its members, the President of N-Power beneficiaries in the state, Mr. Dare Oladimeji, lauded President Buhari for initiating and implementing the policy that has provided safety net for many unemployment graduates and youths in the country.
Oladimeji who expressed happiness that the programme was not politically inclined, disclosed that all the beneficiaries were picked based on merit and qualification.
According to him, “We want to appreciate President Buhari for this initiative. This is the first programme that I knew was not political. It was not politically motivated, but was established to alleviate the sufferings of our youths.
“You didn’t need to know any Senator, House of Representatives member or powerful politician before you are enlisted. I only applied online and my name featured as a beneficiary and since then I have not been denied of this right.
“We believe that if President Buhari continues beyond 2019, this programme will continue and many youths will still benefit and it was on this strength that we are declaring our support for him in 2019.’’
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