N-power second batch deployment of 300,000 successful beneficiaries are likely to begin by the end of June, 2018.
The second batch had undergone physical verification exercise some months ago, and are awaiting final deployment from N-power headquarters in Abuja.
State governments in Nigeria are responsible for deployments of N-power volunteers after they’ve been certified by the N-power team.
The assurance of the deployment was given by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo in Benin-City, Edo State.
He said that 200,000 beneficiaries had been recorded while the number would be increased to 300,000 by the end of June.
“The important thing for us, as a government, is to make sure that we deal with the unemployment problem. We will deal with it in two ways.
“One, by direct employment; that is what we are doing through the N-Power programme. We will also deal with it by giving credit to people who want to work, whether it is the market women, the artisans, the N-Build, N-Teach and all that.”
Osinbajo, who assured Nigerians that the Federal Government had not relented in its efforts to address the nation’s unemployment problem, spoke during a town hall meeting with youth groups, traders, and other stakeholders in business, agriculture and information and communication technology.
He was on a two-day visit to Benin, the Edo State.
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The Vice-President said that the government was doing all it could to supporting small businesses, through funding and expert advice from its agencies.
“We will also give credit to the very lowest traders, those who are hawking, those who are selling little things all over the country because all of these people are hard-working Nigerians.
“And we want to make sure that every Nigerian who is prepared to work we will give them an opportunity to work.”
Social Investment Programme has been one of the major achievements of the present administration led by President Muhammadu Buhari.
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