During the second Presidential economic communication workshop in Abuja, the Senior Special Assistant to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Media, Laolu Akande, announced the employment of 200, 000 graduates who will be placed on a monthly salary of N30, 000.
The employed graduates will work from their states of residence and supervised by their local governments.
It would be recalled that in August, the Nigerian Minister of Labor and Employment, Chris Ngige, called on unemployed Nigerians to hurry online and register with the national job portal of the Social Intervention Scheme of the Federal Government.
As contained in the 2016 budget, the N-Power schemes includes:
- N-Power-Teach category which will train 500,000 teachers:
- N-Power Knowledge will train 25,000 tech-inclined Nigerians in the area of technology;and
- N-Power Build, which will train 75,000 Nigerians “in the areas of building services, construction, utilities, hospitality and catering, automotive vocations, aluminium and gas services.”
These schemes will help unemployed Nigerians benefit from the N500 billion social investment programme launched by President Buhari.
The VP’s top media aide confirmed that the employed 200, 000 graduates will be working as teachers and agricultural extension workers in the country.
“We have selected 200,000 graduates out of 500,000. This is the first batch.”
“One hundred and fifty thousand will work as teachers while 50, 000 will work as extension workers.”
“Their pay which is 30, 000 per month, will go directly into their account.”
It is also to be known that these are temporary jobs which will last for 2 years.
Laolu Akande says that the employment of 200, 000 graduates would have come earlier than now but certifying the BVN scheme delayed the plans.
Speaking on the theme: The Way Forward for Nigeria, in Lagos on Friday, at a colloquim in Lagos, Osinbajo said the employment of these 200,000 persons is the first batch of the Volunteer Job Programme which will start in 2 weeks time.
The VP, Osinbajo, said:
“The delay is because we are trying to provide as many equipment as we require. We also want to ensure that we provide opportunities across the states. Close to a million registered; we should start with the first 200,000 in 14 days or thereabout. It is a temporary opportunity for young graduates.”
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