N-Power: FG To Contact 200k Selected Job Seekers Soon
By Modupe Gbadeyanka
The Federal Government has disclosed that the 200,000 graduates selected for the first batch of its N-Power jobs scheme would soon be notified.
This was disclosed by Mr Laolu Akande, the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo.
Mr Akande, in a tweet through his official Twitter handle on Friday, disclosed that the selected graduates would be “notified any moment from now.”
In his analysis, the Vice President’s spokesman said 150,000 of the selected graduates would be given teaching jobs, while the remaining 50,000 would be employed as health and agriculture workers.
“The 200K unemployed graduates selected in 1st batch of N-Power jobs to be notified any moment from now. 150K ‘ll teach, 50K health & agric,” Mr Akande said in the tweet.
Business Post recalls that on Tuesday, October 11, 2016, the Vice President through his media aide announced that 200,000 graduates would be given jobs by the end of the month (October 2016).
“We expect that before the end of the month, we will engage 200,000 out of the 500,000 unemployed graduates the Buhari administration plans to hire in the N-Power jobs programme.
“The direct government jobs are meant to keep these young people occupied, pay them some amount of money and also give them a device, which will also help them to learn several skills that they can develop as time goes on.
“We expect that before the end of this month, we should have engaged 200,000 of them and we are hoping that before the end of the year we should have engaged more,” a statement issued then by Mr Akande had quoted Mr Osinbajo as saying.
However, when Nigerians did not hear any news about the promised jobs after the end of October, the Federal Government later claimed in early November that it had already employed the said graduates.
Mr Akande, at the second Presidential Economic Communication Workshop in Abuja, had claimed that 200,000 graduates have been employed to work as teachers and agricultural extension workers across the country.
He had said then that the 200,000 graduates were selected out of 500,000 earlier shortlisted.
In his analysis then, he claimed 150,000 of these graduates were employed as teachers, while the remaining 50,000 as extension workers.