OrderPaperToday – The Federal Government has revealed that it would use the Global Positioning System (GPS) to monitor beneficiaries of the youth-focused empowerment program, N-Power.
This is in response to reports of beneficiaries absconding from their primary duties once they have an assurance of steady payment of stipends.
The program is for youth between the ages of 18 and 35 and applicants are meant to indicate interests in the field of health, education, agriculture and so on.
Speaking on the procedures to be taken by the Federal Government to curb reported excesses, the Senior Special Adviser to the President on Social Investment and Protection Plan, Mariam Uwais said: “A device that has modules developed by the ministry of agriculture and health is given to each of them. That device also has GPS which monitors where they are meant to be going to, be it a school, an agricultural development unit, a primary health care centre, it monitors every movement.”
Uwaise made this closure at a one day public hearing on job creation and youth employment organised by the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki on Monday.
She explained further: “We go in and meet with the families themselves and take down their biometrics, the demographics of each family. We put it on a device which automatically ranks them into or out of the poorest in the community. We have done so in 21 states already.
“We train residents of the suburbs on live skills and pay them N5, 000 per month. The idea is not to give the youth the impression that the government will absorb them but to make them get their hands dirty.”