The over 200,000 unemployed graduates selected in the first batch of the President Muhammadu Buhari led administration’s plan to hire half a million Nigerians would formally start working and earning their stipends on December 1, 2016, the presidency said.
This is contained in a statement issued by the spokesman of the Vice President, Laolu Akande.
In the statement, the spokesman 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.
Mr Akande further added that the names of those who were successful would 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 on Monday November 21, 2016.
He noted that the 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.
His words: 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.
“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.
“As part of the programme, the participnts 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 4 main focus areas, and will be paid a monthly stipend of N30,000 during the programme. The 4 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.”