The Federal Government’s youth employment scheme, N-Power, on Wednesday attained a major milestone by reaching 1.1 million graduate applicants in just one week.
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Job creation, Mr Afolabi Imoukhuede, dropped the hint in Asaba during an interaction with beneficiaries of the N-Power scheme in Delta.
He announced this to emphasise the rules of the scheme to volunteers.He said for every chance they had to be selected, there were hundreds of others waiting to grab the opportunity.
Accordingly, he said that “those who perpetually absented from work or were irregular in attendance would be demobilised and replaced with applicants resident in the state.
The SSA said that in 2016, at least 751,000 applicants qualified for engagement, including 300,000 for non-graduate scheme, but 300,000 graduates were recruited nationwide.He said that the non-advertisement of the non-graduate recruitment programme in 2017 was to enable those who applied for it last year to be selected.
“It is for fairness that we did not advertise for applications for non-graduates so that those whose applications were collected could be screened and placed. The non-graduate scheme will be
The non-graduate scheme will be mobilized in batches from July,’’ he said.
The presidential aide noted that the job scheme had five key sector targets, including volunteerism and entrepreneurship development.
Imoukhuede said the scheme was a fulfilment of the promise by the Muhammadu Buhari administration to give a dent to youth unemployment in the country.
He said that N-power offered youths the opportunity to do full-time paid volunteer job, develop entrepreneurial skills and have two-year job experience, to boost their curriculum vitae for future international or local jobs.