On Wednesday, Nigerian government announced the commencement of the N-Power-Teach. Thus there will be a recruitment of 500, 000 unemployed Nigerians into the work force.
This was contained in a statement issued by the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Laolu Akande.
As contained in the recently signed 2016 budget, these soon-to-be employed citizens will be beneficiaries of a N500 billion social investment programme launched by President Buhari.
This is one of the schemes initiated to tackle the high rate of unemployment in the country. While the N-Power Teach will train 500, 000 teachers; N-Power Knowledge will train 25,000 tech-inclined Nigerians in the area of technology; and N-Power Build,will train 75,000 Nigerians ” in the areas of building services, construction, utilities, hospitality and catering, automotive vocations, aluminium and gas services.”
The N-Power Teach is a paying volunteer programme. The training will last for 2 years. In other words Nigerians who undergo the training will be payed for the 2-years training duration.
The released official statement on the employment scheme says they will be paid N23, 000 per month. In addition to that, they will be equipped with computers with helpful information and training guides (software Apps) in them. They get to keep the devices at the end of the programme.
The internet portal for the recruitment – npower.gov.ng – will be launched tomorrow, Saturday, June 11. Online application then starts on June 12. The recruits will be absorbed into the teaching profession.
“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 education.”
The statement also said that more welfare initiatives like the N-Power-Teach will be launched in the coming weeks. Such schemes include:
- Conditional Cash Transfer that pays N5000 monthly to one million Nigerians
- Micro-Credit Scheme for more than 1.5 million Nigerians
- Home Grown School Feeding programme that will serve 5.5 million Nigerian pupils in primary school
- Education support grant programme for 100,000 tertiary students in Science Technology Engineering & Mathematics, STEM and education.