The Federal Government has announced selection of 200,000 unemployed graduates in the first batch of its 500,000 Volunteer Job Programme
The volunteers who are to resume work on December 1st are among those applied for the N-Power scheme, a social investment initiative aimed at addressing increase in unemployment rate.
Of the 200,000 in the first batch, 150,000 have been engaged as teachers, 30,000 to improve the status of the country’s Agriculture sector by giving farmers relevant advisory services and 20,000 in Healthcare delivery covering the three specific programme assignments of the present administration.
Laolu Akande, Senior Special Assistant on Media & Publicity to the Vice President, in a statement made available to Authentic Platform News Nigeria, assured those whose name didn’t appear on the first batch not to panic, that subsequent batches will absorb more of the qualified applicants.
He said, “The names of the 200,000 have sent to state governments and the Federal Capital territory (FCT) who would deploy them to their specific programme assignments. The names would also be published this week on the N-Power internet portal.”
Akande stated that the participants would start receiving Short Messages (SMS) informing them of their selection from tomorrow, November 21.
He disclosed that the participants would own tablets that will contain information necessary for their specific engagements, as well as information for their continuous training and developments.
Akande further said that, “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).
“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.”
The N-Power Volunteer Corps is a strategy adopted by President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration to invest in the human capital development of Nigerian citizens, particularly our young people.
The programmme was also an innovative means to enhance ailing public services in the area of basic education and primary healthcare. And boost the agricultural sector, which had been confronted with numerous challenges over the years.
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.
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.
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