The Senior Special Assistant to the president on Job Creation, Mr. Afolabi Imoukhuede, on July 12, 2017 had live Facebook chat with existing volunteers and the new applicants.
This is volume 7 of the chat, where Mr. Afolabi speaks on Npower 2017 Applications Process
NpowerNG 2017 Application Process | Vol. 7: Transcribed July 12 Facebook Live Chat with Afolabi Imoukhuede
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2017 Application Process
I think the live feeds I’m seeing here are questions regarding 2017 applications , I would deal with that now , so 2017 ,my fellow brothers and sisters ,yes, June 13 was the date in 2017 , when we said countdown to Npower going live , we went live and in less than maybe 28hrs , Npower 2017 application process will become history. It’s been a good work ,the last one month and I want to thank every one of you that has commended our efforts , the technical team has worked very hard, night and day to ensure you have what you call hassle free application process , I’m glad that a lot of you were able to , a lot of you had a seamless experience with our application process this time around , I think we have our technical team and all our stakeholders to thank for that.
But basically, let me walk us through the process. The application is just your first step, and this time around is also very competitive, my last count last night I think we have 2.2million applications at the moment, we wonder what number we are going to close, but, be that as it may, there is a journey in the process, first is the application which you’ve done and the next is your BVN validation, for the very reason why a lot of you from 2016 have complained “I’ve not been paid” is the reason why we are going to ensure this time around that we do the BVN validation even before you continue your N-Power journey .
We want to ensure that everyone that finally gets into the next phase of selection are those who already have matching records so that those who eventually get pre-selected and they go through physical verification and end up being final selected volunteers would have no payment issue from day one. How wonderful will that be? I mean my goal is to ensure that your friends, the 130,814 of you who have enjoyed unbroken payment history and experience with N-Power, that is the experience of every single one of you in the 2017 batch.
That’s really what we want, that’s the N-Power experience, and so the next step is going to be BVN validation once your details are valid , you would then get an SMS and an invitation to go and write your test ,now let me say that yes we did put out a test guide , please don’t hold us to that test guide anymore for now ,we are focused on scaling up our BVN validation because the applications that have come in are huge, significantly huge numbers compared to what we had last year , so we decided to focus our effort on scaling up the BVN Validation such that whence we commence the testing process again it would now be without a break , so, therefore, the point is yes, some of us are still writing tests, we did not stop the test entirely.
How do I know if I’m among the people that failed validation?
But we slowed down on the guide so it’s right to say that the guide is somewhat stepped down, but from Monday expect a revised guide, as we would be ramping up on the speed for the tests. Now, ”How do I know if I’m among the people that failed validation” , you will also get a text message. so what it means, therefore, is from stage 1 is the application process which a lot of you have done to stage 3 which is testing process ,the stage 2 there, you would get an SMS.
The proof of stage 2 which is BVN Validation is an SMS, you either get an SMS to say “Congratulations , go and write your test….” Or “Congratulations, we wish you success in your future endeavor because your application journey has been terminated here due to non matching records “
SMS Notification for Assessment
So what is important is this: You would get a text message or an SMS message inviting you to go and write your test. If you have not gotten that SMS message, you know the message you’re going to get? You would get an invalid error message . So if you didn’t get an SMS Message and you go on to the portal and attempt to want to write your test ,what you would get will be invalid message , so I’ve seen a lot of feeds that are talking about “oh I went to write the test, I got an invalid message” Yes , because you are jumping the gun , please in 2017, we have too many people that have applied .
I think it’s important that ability to follow instructions, ability to listen, ability to read, understand and follow every instruction would be selection criteria. Remember that you are going into employment, this employability enhancement program at the end of your two years , that which your employers who would end up being your employers, what they are looking for is what we call employability skills.
And clearly listening skills, understanding skills, critical thinking skills, critical reasoning skills, ability to follow instructions, those are skill sets that every employer is looking for in a valuable employee , so please , take this as your testing ground, stop texting messages like “oh, I’ve not been able to write my test” when you haven’t gotten an SMS invitation, stop sending messages that you’ve gotten error message when you have not even gotten SMS invitation.
We already told you if you don’t get an SMS invitation and you go to write the test, you would get an invalid message, that’s it.