Nigeria’s Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo says the inaugural set of 200,000 unemployed graduates who have already been selected in the first batch of the N-power volunteer job and training scheme of the Buhari Social Investment Programme, will start work in the next two weeks.
Professor Osinbajo made this statement over the weekend while attending the Apostolic Coalition Summit in Lagos.
He said “at the moment, close to a million graduates have registered on the volunteer scheme and we should be doing the first 200,000 in the next 14 days or so, we should be able to get started with the first 200,000 across the country.”
According to him, as a stop-gap measure, the Buhari administration is engaged at creating jobs, including the plan to generate 500, 000 jobs for unemployed graduates in which 200,000 have now been selected.
He explained that the programme should have commenced as at 31st of October, but was delayed due to the insufficient equipment (tablets) which would be given to all the 500,000 N-power undergraduate participants.
The Vice President reiterated that efforts are being made to ensure that these opportunities are made available to everyone across the country, just as promised by the government.
“Already 200,000 unemployed Nigerians have been selected, including 150,000 who would teach and serve in their communities, 30,000 who would serve as Agric Extension Workers and 20,000 who would serve as public health workers.
Each of the unemployed graduates would get a N30,000 monthly stipend and also get an electronic tablet that would be packaged with several applications which would be used to train and empower the participants,” he added.
The Vice President also said “the N-Power scheme was launched as a volunteer programme to create temporary opportunities for young graduates, to at least be doing something and many of them would be volunteer teachers, health officials and extension workers, who will earn a stipend.”
He added that “the participants will also have a device and that device has a lot of training brochures that will enable them to learn different things such as code-writing and some entrepreneurial skills on a continuous basis. There are lots of materials one can learn on the device. The device is also a means of communicating with them wherever they may be in the country.”
While the Federal government pays the 200,000 directly, State governments would also play an active role in their deployment to the needed areas.
The first batch of 200,000 selected volunteers is also being screened using the BVN so as to properly set-up the payment of their monthly stipends.