Millions apply for fresh N-Power jobs

Nigeria’s Vice President Yemi Osinbajo

Scheme Not Owing Backlog Of Salaries, Says Osinbajo
About 2.3 million Nigerians have applied to be engaged under the Federal Government’s N-Power programme, Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has said. At an N-Power call center in Abuja, where some of the youths were given tablets to aid them in carrying out their jobs yesterday, Prof Osinbajo noted that about 200,000 young people have been engaged.

Specifically, under the programme designed to drastically reduce youth unemployment, the government had in 2016 engaged 200,000 for the scheme. The focus is to provide young graduates and non-graduates with the skills, tools and livelihood to enable them advance from unemployment to employment, entrepreneurship and innovation.

The Acting President, yesterday, noted that, “since the programme was opened, another 2.3 million have applied and we are looking at the next phase of engagement. But for me, I think what is important is that we are able to do this incrementally and we are able to give hope to some of these young people who need the opportunity.”

“We will never always be able to do everything but I think that it is important that we do as much as we can.“You will recall that the target was 500,000 but depending on our resources we can always do more but the target for now is 500,000,” he said.

On whether the backlogs of salaries have been cleared, he said, “there’s no such thing as a backlog. If your BVN is verified and everything is checked, then you are paid. There is a problem if your BVN does not match the records you gave. If there is a problem with any of your records you cannot be paid,” he said.

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