Wednesday, 1 March 2017

N-Power: Additional 350,000 Graduates Soon To Be Employed - Presidency

The Presidency said on Sunday that its Social Investment Programs, SIP, had an arrangement to employ 350,000 more unemployed graduates under the N-Power Volunteer Corps in 2017. N-Power: Additional 350,000 Graduates Soon Get Job - Presidency

As per the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the Vice President, Laolu Akande, President Muhammadu Buhari has asked for apportionment of N157.75 billion in the financial plan for the N-Power scheme.

He said that addition to the 350,000 unemployed graduates to be enlisted and trained, 50,000 non-graduate youth would be engaged in as artisans and in other inventive ventures.

He made it clear that from the allocation the organization had reserved N4.5 billion for the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, (STEM) program to bolster youthful Nigerians in building abilities in those disciplines.

Mr. Akande, who respected the great public enthusiasm the SIP programs had so far created, encouraged Nigerians to expect more this year particularly in the zone of usage.

“While we were able to engage 200,000 unemployed graduates last year, we will do 350,000 more this year,” he assured.

Mr. Akande disclosed that about N75 billion was earmarked for the National Homegrown School Feeding Programme to provide one meal a day to five million primary school pupils.

He said that in 2016 the feeding programme covered about one million pupils.

Mr. Akande said the Government Enterprise and Empowerment Programme aimed at providing interest-free loans to up to 1.2million market men and women, traders, artisans, youths and farmers was allocated N112.2 billion.

He said: “2017 implementation of the SIP is going to be far more impactful than what we were able to do under the 2016 budget, so Nigerians should expect more this year.

“The resolve of the Buhari presidency is firm that more lives must be touched positively under these programmes which Nigerians have come to appreciate.”

He, therefore, urged Nigerians to actively take advantage of the different schemes this year.


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