Osinbajo extends 2017 N-Power registration deadline
Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has extended this year’s N-Power application by two weeks. The application portal at www.npower.gov.ng would now close on July 27.Last year, the Federal Government undertook the largest post-tertiary recruitment exercise in Africa when it engaged 200,000 young Nigerians in the N-Power Volunteer Corps Programme.
In partnership with state governments, these 200,000 young Nigerians were deployed to public primary schools, primary healthcare centres and agriculture development project centres in all the local government areas in the country.
The Federal Government’s strategy uses the large volunteer workforce to address some of the perennial problems besetting the country- unmanned classrooms due to low teacher to pupil ratio in public primary schools; high rate of preventable diseases; lack of science and knowledge to bolster agriculture production.
This year, N-Power is recruiting an additional 300,000 to bring the total number to 500,000. The application process has seen well over 2.45 million applicants. The Acting President, while extending the two-week grace period, assured that the selection process for the second batch would match the first, as it would be characterised by transparency.
The hallmark of the N-Power process, as indeed all other National Social Investments Programmes, has been run to be devoid of manipulation and undue influence to reach the common Nigerians who really need help.
Osinbajo also activated the delivery process for the N-Power Devices, as the administration is using technology to drive the capacity building and skills development needs of the N-Power.
With the devices, the government is providing training on three fronts, namely, to build capacity to undertake primary assignments, build capacity to make young people employable and build capacity around exit skills to prepare them for more economic endeavours.Also, working with the Bank of Industry (BoI), the government has been able to stimulate demand for tablets and content produced by Nigerian companies.