unemployed graduates

FG begins deployment of unemployed graduates

23 November 2016 National

The Nigerian Federal Government says it is set to deploy 200,000 unemployed graduates selected in the first batch of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration.

Laolu Akande, the Media aide to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, said the 200,000 were selected two weeks ago.

Recall that Buhari’s administratration has a plan to hire half a million Nigerians.

Akande noted that their names have been sent to state governments and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) who would deploy them to their specific programme assignments adding that the names would also be published on the N-Power internet portal this week.

The participants would start receiving SMS messages informing them of their selection as from November 21, 2016.

State governments and the FCT are also encouraged to post the names of the successful first batch applicants in their local government areas while there would be further public announcements.

Between now and the end of the month, the states and the FCT would be engaged in deploying the graduates who would formally start working and earning their stipends on December 1, 2016.

Reports have it that, of the 200,000 first batch, 150,000 of them would teach, 30,000 would work in the Agricultural sector and 20,000 in Healthcare delivery covering the three specific programme assignments.

The Federal Government of Nigeria hereby congratulates all 200,000 successful applicants in the first batch, and they are encouraged to take this opportunity seriously by learning the skills that will brighten their future. They are also implored to serve their communities with commitment and dedication.

The Organised Labour also applauded the Federal Government for taking unemployed youths off the streets.

For those who have not been selected at this time, there is a waiting list based on the total number of applicants, and subsequent batches will absorb more of the qualified applicants.

All together, the N-Power will engage and train 500,000 young unemployed graduates.

It is a paid volunteering programme of a 2-year duration that engages graduates in their immediate communities, where they will assist in improving the inadequacies in the education, health, and agriculture sectors.

Participants will be provided teaching, instructional, and advisory solutions in 4 main focus areas, and will be paid a monthly stipend of N30,000 during the programme.


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