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The presidency has announced that all is now set for the deployment of 200,000 unemployed graduates selected in the first batch of the Buhari administration’s plan to hire half a million Nigerians.

While the 200,000 had been selected about two weeks ago, their names have now been sent to state governments and the FCT who would deploy them to their specific programme assignments. It is reported that their names would also be published this week on the N-Power internet portal, while 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.

Of the 200,000 first batch, 150,000 of them would teach, 30,000 would work in the Agric sector and 20,000 in Healthcare delivery covering the three specific programme assignments.

It is also stated that the N-Power Volunteer Corps is an expression of President Muhammadu Buhari’s commitment to invest in the human capital development of Nigerian citizens, particularly our young people. The N-Power programme is also an innovative means to enhance ailing public services in the area of basic education and primary healthcare. Also in the agric sector, it is aimed at achieving self-sufficiency by giving our farmers relevant advisory services.

The Federal Government of Nigeria has encouraged successful applicants 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 presidency has also announced that, as 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.

The N-Power is expected to engage and train 500,000 young unemployed graduates in a paid volunteering programme for a 2-year duration. The graduates will assist in improving the inadequacies in the education, health, and agriculture sectors in their communities, after which they would have gathered enough skills to secure economically viable jobs and business opportunities.

The participants will be paid a monthly stipend of N30,000 during the programme.

It is reported that, besides the N-Power programme for undergraduates, there are other schemes for non-graduates. These are: N-Power Knowledge, which would select 25,000 young Nigerians and N-Power Build 75,000, all of whom shall be trained and paid during the duration of the scheme.

Written by Okolo Ezinne

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