By Tobi Soniyi in Abuja
The presidency has sent the names of the successful 200,000 unemployed graduates selected in the first batch of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration’s plan to hire half a million Nigerians to states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) for deployment.
This was contained in a statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the Vice President on Media and Publicity, Mr Laolu Akande.
He said the states and FCT would assign the successful candidates to specific assignments.
The statement said the successful candidates would begin work on December 1.
Akande said: “While the 200,000 have 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.
“The names would also be published this week on the N-Power internet portal, while the participants would start receiving 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.”
Akande also stated that before the end of the month, states and FCT would be engaged in deploying the graduates who would formally start working and earning their stipends on December 1, 2016.
He said out of the 200,000 first batch, 150,000 of them would teach, 30,000 would work in the agriculture sector and 20,000 in healthcare delivery covering the three specific programme assignments.
The N-Power Volunteer Corps is an expression of the President Buhari’s commitment to invest in the human capital development of Nigerian citizens, particularly the young people.
The N-Power programmme is also an innovative means to enhance ailing public services in the area of basic education and primary healthcare. Also in the agriculture sector, it is aimed at achieving self-sufficiency by giving our farmers relevant advisory services.
The presidency said the N-Power would engage and train 500,000 young unemployed graduates. It is a paid volunteering programme of a two-year duration that engages graduates in their immediate communities, where they will assist in improving the inadequacies in the education, health, and agriculture sectors.
The 500,000 graduates under the N-Power Corps programme will be trained in skills that will enable them exit after two years to economically viable job and business opportunities.
As part of the programme, the participants would own tablets that will contain information necessary for their specific engagements as well as information for their continuous training and developments.
Participants will be provided teaching, instructional and advisory solutions in four main focus areas, and will be paid a monthly stipend of N30,000 during the programme. The four main focus areas are in basic education, agriculture extension services, public health and community education (civic and adult education).