Over 400,000 Nigerian youths have been registered on the federal government’s “N-Power” jobs portal, according to the Job Creation Unit.
“N-Power” is an initiative aimed at providing young Nigerians with employment opportunities and skills needed to excel in today’s competitive job market. It is one of the five initiatives of the federal government’s Social Investment Program.
“It will provide employment opportunities for 500,000 graduates as teachers, agriculture extension advisers, healthcare assistants, and civic and adult education instructors in communities across Nigeria,” according to a press release issued by the Laolu Akande, Senior Special Assistant of Media & Publicity.
“There will also be a pool of 100,000 software developers, hardware service professionals, animators, graphic artists, building services professionals, artisans and others.”
President Muhammadu Buhari hailed the program as “by far the most ambitious social protection program in our history” while giving his Democracy Day speech. The program was allocated N500b in the 2016 budget.
Applications for the program began on Sunday. After a yet to be determined date, a screening and shortlisting phase will be carried out. The Buhari administration has assured Nigerians that the selection process will be fair and transparent, adding that it would be based on “objective criteria.”
Applicants will be selected on a State-by-State basis, according to the press statement.
“We have been very impressed by the enthusiastic response to the call for applications. As of noon on Monday, June 13, only 36 hours after the launch of the portal, 403,528 applicants had successfully registered on the site and were in the middle of completing the application process,” said Afolabi Imoukhede, Senior Special Assistant the President on Job Creation.
The site has received 35 million hits since its inception. This traffic caused the site to crash, but at the time of publication, it is up and running.