N-Power Programme

Npower has received 800,000 applications-Minister of Labour, Ngige

ngige-labour-ministerGovernors and local government chairmen in the South East should assist their youths to print the forms as many expressed difficulty in accessing the portalnpower-shortlist

Nigeria’s Minister of Labour and Employment, Sen. Chris Ngige, said on Monday that the Federal Government had received 800,000 applications in the ongoing N-power Teachers Corps, NAN reports.

Ngige stated this while speaking at the 5th Town Hall Meeting organised by the Federal Ministry of Information in Enugu. He admonished the South Eastern people to explore the opportunity by registering on the web portal.

N-power is an initiative of the APC-led government of President Muhammadu Buhari aimed at preparing unemployed young Nigerians for a knowledge economy. N-power Teachers Corps is subdivided into N-power Agro, N-power health, N-power teach, and N-power Community education, which is expected to engage and train 500,000 young unemployed graduates.

The minister said that 100,000 out of the 500,000 to be employed would be trained as agricultural extension workers and deployed to rural areas to assist the farmers with improved method of farming through the partnership of the ministry of agriculture.

It was speculated that over 400,000 unemployed Nigerian graduates applied within 24 hours when its portal officially opened for application. The huge traffic led to continuous crashing of the npower portal before it was redesigned to ease process of application. But some are still facing difficulties in accessing the website.

He said that the administration had a good agenda for the unemployed youths irrespective of the current challenges facing it.

“I want our graduates to register so that they will not say that they are marginalised when people that

registered are selected,” he said. Closing date for Npower applications had been extended till August 31, 2016, as against July 25.

He urged the governors and local government chairmen in the South East to assist their youths to print the forms as many expressed difficulty in accessing the portal.

Ngige regretted that youths neglected skills acquisition to chase white collar jobs that were not in existence, adding that most skilled jobs were being done by Ghanaians and people from other neighboring countries.

“If our youths had acquired skills, they would be self employed and reliant and shun Boko Haram, IPOB and Avengers,” the minister said.

He described Igbo youths as enterprising and hardworking and could survive without depending on the government but had neglected their values.

The minister explained that the current economic hardship the country faced was because the past government neglected agriculture and failed to save for the rainy day.

 

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