FG Begins Recruitment Of 500,000 Graduates TrendyVoice

8 June 2016

FG Begins Recruitment Of 500,000 Graduates




ABUJA — The Presidency, yesterday, announced
the take-off of recruitment of 500,000
unemployed graduates, who would benefit from
the N500 billion social investment programme of
the All Progressives Congress, APC-led
government.
Also, Acting President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo,
will today launch Nigeria's first national home-
grown school feeding programme.
Application portal opens June 12
A statement from the Office of the Acting
President, signed by his media aide, Mr. Laolu
Akande, said the Buhari Presidency would start
taking applications via online for positions in the
500,000 direct teacher jobs scheme, through an
internet portal, named npower.gov.ng .
It stated that applications were expected to start
coming in on June 12, as the portal would
formally be launched on Saturday, June 11.
The statement, which asked young, unemployed
Nigerians to visit the website and apply, read: "It
would be recalled that President Muhammadu
Buhari in his May 29 Democracy Day broadcast to
the nation, formally launched the unprecedented
social investment programmes already provided
for under the 2016 Appropriation by the
administration.


"The 500,000 Teacher Corps, nicknamed 'N-
Power Teach' on the portal, is one of the three
direct job creation and training schemes
Nigerians can start applying for from Sunday,
June 12.
"Others are N-Power Knowledge which will train
25,000 Nigerians in the area of technology, and
N-Power Build, which trains another 75,000 in the
areas of building services, construction, utilities,
hospitality, catering, automotive vocations,
aluminium and gas services. All trainees would
be paid for the duration of their training.
"The N-Power Teacher Corps initiative, which will
engage and train 500,000 young unemployed
graduates, is a paid volunteer programme of a
two-year duration.
"Unemployed Nigerians selected and trained will
play teaching, instructional, and advisory roles in
primary and secondary schools, agricultural
extension systems across the country, public
health and community education-covering civic
and adult education.
N23,000 to be paid as salary monthly
"Beside their monthly take home pay estimated
at about N23,000, the selected 500,000
graduates will also get computer devices that will
contain information necessary for their specific
engagement, as well as information for their
continuous training and development.


They get
to keep the devices, even after exiting from the
programme.
"According to the plan of the Buhari
administration, the N-Power Teacher Corps
programme is an invaluable opportunity for
young Nigerians to make immense economic and
social contributions to the nation, while
developing their skills. It will also help to address
the problems of inadequate teachers in public
schools.
"Also, persons enlisted under the scheme will
gain work experience and acquire key
competencies through academic and non-
academic capacity building programmes
intended to improve their competitiveness in the
workplace. Their devices will come loaded with
knowledge-oriented applications and software
that will enable them acquire the skills and
capacity.
"Under the N-Power Knowledge scheme, there are
three aspects: Creative, Technology Software and
Hardware. These three sub-divisions will train
25,000 young Nigerians in all.
"5,000 of them would be trained in Animation,
Graphic Design, Post-Production, Script-Writing,
all under the sub-division of N-Power Knowledge-
creative category.


"The N-Power Knowledge scheme also has a
technology category in two aspects: hardware
and software. 10,000 Nigerians would be trained,
and equipped in the area of software
development, including web designer, and
another 10,000 in hardware expertise, including
repair, maintenance and assemblage of mobile
phones, tablets, computers and other devices.
"Also, the N-Power Build category was designed,
realizing that the presence of a well-trained and
highly skilled youth population in any economy
has direct impact on entrepreneurship/wealth
creation, which in turn leads to a decline in
unemployment.
"N-Power Build is, therefore, an accelerated
training and certification (skills to job/enterprise)
programme that will engage and train 75,000
young, unemployed Nigerians to build a new crop
of skilled and highly competent workforce of
technicians, artisans and service professionals."
School feeding programme for launch today


The school feeding programme, which is
expected to ensure the feeding of over 24 million
primary school children, would have each of the
children given one meal per day in the first year
of its operation.
The scheme is part of the N500 billion social
investment plans of President Muhammadu
Buhari's Presidency, even as both the federal and
state governments are expected to review the
strategic plan for the scheme.
The event is billed to hold at the Old Banquet Hall
of the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Some dignitaries expected to be in attendance
include governors of Borno, Oyo, Osun, Enugu
and Kaduna states, and other government
representatives and stakeholders from 36 states
of the federation and developmental partners.
Plan to run till 2020
According to a statement from the Office of the


Acting President, the strategic plans will run until
2020 and forms the cornerstone of the
nationwide Home Grown School Feeding
programme.
The statement added that "the Federal
Government is working with key technical
partners to capitalize upon global experience and
adopt best practices."
One such partner is the UK's Imperial College,
London's Partnership for Child Development,
PCD, which is providing technical assistance to
the Presidency.

The scheme is to help pupils become better
students, and also boost the local economies, and
create new jobs along the way.
Beside the strategic plan, Osinbajo would also
launch the "Global School Feeding Sourcebook:
Lessons from 14 countries," a joint Partnership
for Child Development, the World Bank and World
Food Programme analysis of national school
feeding programmes from across the globe.




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