The Nigerian government has announced the collection of applications
through its internet portal for the N-power empowerment programme.
The programme will see to the training and employment of 500, 000 unemployed youths.
This was contained in a statement signed by Laolu Akande, the Senior
Special Assistant (Media & Publicity) in the Office of the Vice
Read statement below:
“In what is the first roll-out of its N500 billion social
investment programmes, the Buhari presidency will start taking
applications online for positions in the 500,000 direct teacher jobs
scheme, through an internet portal named npower.gov.ng.
While the portal would be live on Saturday June 11,
applications are expected to start coming in on June 12, the beginning
of next week. Young unemployed Nigerians are advised to visit the
website and apply.
It would be recalled that President Muhammadu Buhari in his
May 29th 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 train
another 75,000 in the areas of building services, construction,
utilities, hospitality and catering, automotive vocations, aluminium and
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 2-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
Besides 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
would will train 25,000 young Nigerians in all.
5000 of them would be trained in Animation, Graphic Design,
Post-Production, Script-Writing. All of those 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
designers, and another 10,000 in hardware expertise including to
repair, maintain and assemble mobile phones, tablets, computers and
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 in order to build a new crop of
skilled and highly competent workforce of technicians, artisans and
The other schemes in the Buhari presidency Social Investment
Programmes which would soon be rolled out in the coming weeks. These
include the Conditional Cash Transfer that pays N5000 monthly to one
million Nigerians, the Micro-Credit Scheme for more than 1.5 million
Nigerians, the Home Grown School Feeding programme that will serve 5.5
million Nigerian pupils in primary school a free hot meal per day this
year and the Education support grant programme for 100,000 tertiary
students in Science Technology Engineering & Mathematics, STEM and