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N-Power, government job creation scheme, to empower software developers

N-Power, government job creation scheme, to empower software developers

Nigerian software developers will be among 100,000 job seekers expected to benefit from the new Federal Government job creation programme codenamed N-Power.

N-Power is one of five initiatives of the Social Investment Programme of the Federal Government to help young Nigerians acquire and develop life-long skills.

According to a statement released by the Job Creation unit in the Presidency, a pool of 100,000 software developers, hardware service professionals, animators, graphic artists, building services professionals, artisans and others will benefit from the N-Power Jobs Scheme initiated by the Government.

The Presidency expects the Scheme to also provide employment opportunities for 500,000 graduates as teachers, agriculture extension advisers, healthcare assistants, and civic and adult education instructors in communities across Nigeria.

The newly launched jobs portal for the Scheme “N-Power. gov.ng,” has recorded over 400,000 successful registrations since it opened for submissions on Sunday, June 12, 2016, according to the Job Creation Unit in the Presidency.

President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria
President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria

According to Mr. Afolabi Imoukhede, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Job Creation, “we have been very impressed by the enthusiastic response to the call for applications. As at 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.”

According to the President’s aide, “we are also very pleased that the registrations have been taking place without any hitches or system failures, considering the volume of response.”

All together the website has received over 35 million hits since Saturday midnight, according to the Presidency.

The Jobs Scheme, known as ‘N-Power’, is one of the five initiatives of the Social Investment Programmes of the Federal Government of Nigeria, described by President Mohammdu Buhari in his Democracy Day Speech as “by far the most ambitious social protection programme in our history.”

A total sum of N500B has been provided for the programme in the 2016 Budget, an unprecedented development in Nigeria’s budget history.

Applications for the scheme opened on Sunday, June 12, on the portal: www.npower.gov.ng.

President Muhammadu Buhari had assures Nigerians that this application process would not only be structurally robust, transparent and fair, the selection process that will follow would also be based on objective criteria that has nothing to do with party affiliations.

Under the plan, unemployed Nigerians, both graduate and non-graduates, would be drawn from across the country on state-by-state basis in the final analysis.

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Donatus Anichukwueze Technology Writer at Technology Times Media e-mail: donatus.anichukwueze@technologytimes.ng