See How FG Plans To Make N-Power Beneficiaries Big-time Entrepreneurs

The Federal government has concluded plans to make N-Power beneficiaries successful entrepreneurs so they can earn sustainable income.

This is in addition to extending payment of benefits to the first 200,000 beneficiaries whose participation would have ended this December. They will continue to be paid beyond December.

The N-Power 2016 Batch 1 beneficiaries will be paid beyond the expiry month of December 2018, the presidency said, reports TVC news.
The statement issued by Laolu Akande, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity Office of the Vice President, recently in Abuja, said funding for the continued payments is contained in the 2018 budget.
However, Akande said that beyond the payments of stipends, the Federal Government is also exploring further options to seamlessly move the beneficiaries from the government job programme to positions where they were able to earn a sustainable income.
He said that the transition would be through a plan, designed to enable them become valuable, all-rounded employees, employers or entrepreneurs.
“The plan is basically an extension of the exit date of December 2018 for the first batch of 200,000 to enable them continue to offer their valuable services in their various communities while still earning their stipends.
“They are also to partake in the Enhancement Programme that would seamlessly transition them into numerous economic opportunities in both the public and private sectors of the economy.
“The N-Power is a job employment and empowerment scheme for hitherto unemployed Nigerian graduates under the Buhari Administration’s National Social Investment Programmes (N-SIP).
“The scheme is the largest post-tertiary employment programme in Africa, comprising N-Power beneficiaries that are paid a monthly stipend of N30, 000 and are deployed as volunteers into various sectors of need in the public space, such as health, agriculture, education and public finance.
“For the first time in Nigeria, the N-Power beneficiaries applied and were selected for the programme in an objective, efficient and transparent manner, without the need for ‘connections’ to anyone of influence,’’ he said.
He said that based on conservative projections, the N-Power scheme would provide jobs for at least 10 million Nigerians by 2023.
Akande said that since it commenced in 2016, the N-Power scheme, which had beneficiaries in all the LGAs of the 36 States of the Federation and the FCT, had so far, provided jobs for half a million young Nigerian graduates nationwide.
He said that all the N-Power beneficiaries were given the opportunity to select and own electronic devices for continuous learning as they grew; depending on the selected vocations of entrepreneurship, and to boost the Knowledge Economy.

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With reports from TVCnews

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Chinenye Nwabueze

Nwabueze is a communication researcher with several years of lecturing experience in Nigerian universities.

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  1. Onyebuolise Augustine

    Pls we the 2016 beneficiary of Npower programme need a permanent job,because we have acquired the required skills to perform better,and check it out,it will not be wise to waist already developed resource,so the federal, state,and local government should grab this opportunity to make the different sectors of the economy functionable,this program is transparent, expect for some corrupt politician who don’t like good things,thank you.

  2. BABA has done alot good works for Nigerians . He will and must continue to lead
    this great Nation. No going back come 2019. I assure Our president that He is a
    winner Come 2019 Election. All NPOWERS will Vote for him.

    LONG LIVE MY PRESIDENT

  3. If I am not mistaken,it was stated (initially on the N-power website) that successful participants of this program will be offered a certificate at the conclusion of it. What about that? What happens if one does not want to be involved in the extension program? I hope the collection of our certificates is still constant (at least for those of us that care for it).

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