Tobi Soniyi in Abuja
The federal government has said it has extended the deadline for N-Power online jobs and training applications till the end of August.
A statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the Vice President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Laolu Akande, said the deadline was extended in order to pull in more potentially qualified candidates and expand the opportunity base around and across the country.
The application process commenced on June 12, 2016 and was to close on Monday, July 25, 2016.
Akande said government would publicise the selection criteria before the application process would close.
He said: “Modalities relating to the enlistment process will no longer commence today as earlier envisaged due to the demand for extension by many Nigerians from across several states.”
Giving reasons for the extension of the application process, Akande said: “However being very keen on keeping its promise of empowering and uplifting young Nigerians by improving their livelihood and creating opportunities such as this (in an as inclusive and diverse manner), the federal government is providing an additional grace period for more young Nigerians to access the N-Power opportunity.
“The new deadline for the receipt of applications is now August 31, 2016.”
N-Power is one of the initiatives of the N500 billion President Muhammadu Buhari’s Social Investment Programme designed to empower young Nigerians with life-long skills to find or create work.
The N-Power programme is segmented into three: N-Power Teachers Corps Agriculture and Health related jobs; N-Power Knowledge for ICT, N-Power Build for building services & artisanal training
N-Power is targeted at young Nigerians aged between 18 and 35 and is aimed at enlisting a total of 600,000 young Nigerians in phases, and under different sectors, in the largest capacity development and empowerment effort yet in the country.
Akande said the federal government would continue to work with the state governments through their respective focal persons on social investments to ensure that N-Power is diverse and inclusive.