One of the 200,000 beneficiaries of N-power (the Federal Government’s empowerment idea), has named his new electrical shop after the job initiative programme.
The N-power volunteer is one of the 2016 first batch of the programme which officially kicked off to empower the teeming young and jobless Nigerian graduates.
“Earlier today a guy whom we believed to be an NPower Volunteer shared the photo of his newly opened shop and Named it N-Power Electronic Shop, what a wise way to pick a business name,” Npower Discussion Group, one of the largest meetup point for N-power programme says.
The volunteer has been able to save part of his N30,000 monthly stipend to open an electrical shop, which will continue to complement his other sources of income. That was the idea behind the programme…to empower the beneficiaries.
Plus the monthly stipend is N-powered tablet devices given to each beneficiary. Market value of each device is between N65,000-N90,000.
The programme is the first objective and fair job recruitment exercise in Nigeria as selection was based on qualification and not on party or ethnic affiliations. It’s a 2-year temporary job, though.
Government jobs are the toughest to get in Nigeria, whose population is nearing 200 million.
N-power was designed for Nigerian citizens between the ages of 18 and 35, and selection was generally based on
→ On volunteer’s expression of a genuine interest in whichever area he decides;
→ Passing the relevant tests;
→ Volunteers’ willingness to push themselves beyond their comfort zone; and
→ Ability to show a flair to develop all the skills they need to be the best they can be.
While there are fixed requirements along the way, the programme relies on volunteers to take “ownership of the process and take the lead in shaping your route, by making the most of the training that you will receive.”
At the initial 2016 registration process, the programme opened for graduate and non-graduates.
“For the purposes of N-Power, Graduate means any post-tertiary qualification including an Ordinary National Diploma (OND) or Nigerian Certificate in Education (NCE) or as may be specified by the programme.”
Another final list of 300,000 verified applicants is underway, while another 75,000 non-graduate applicants (N-power Build) have been directed to update their NPVN details.
What is N-power
“The N-Power Volunteer Corps is the post-tertiary engagement initiative for Nigerians between 18 and 35. It is a paid volunteering programme of a 2-year duration. The graduates will undertake their primary tasks in identified public services within their proximate communities.
“All N-Power Volunteers are entitled to computing devices that will contain information necessary for their specific engagement, as well as information for their continuous training and development.
“In 2016, the Federal Government engaged 200,000 N-Power Volunteers. In 2017, the Federal Government is enlisting 300,000 more. The June 2017 Application is only open to the Graduate Category- the N-Power Volunteer Corps.
“N-Power volunteers will provide teaching, instructional, and advisory solutions in 4 key areas.
“N-Power aspires to provide a platform where most Nigerians can access skills acquisition and development. At this time however, the initial modular programmes in N-Power are designed for,” N-power official website says