Over 290,000 applicants have signed up for N-Power job on its portal on Friday, just three days after the portal was opened, according to the Senior Special Assistant to the President on job creation, Afolabi Imoukhuede. He announced this during an interactive session with the first batch of the scheme’s beneficiaries in Edo at the Urhokpota Hall, Benin City.
Afolabi noted that 200,000 graduates are already engaged under the scheme, while the next batch of 300,000 will be engaged from the new applicants.
“The recruitment portal opened on Wednesday and 290,000 applications have entered as at this morning.
“The next recruitment will be very competitive.
“If we do validation of data and any applicant fails at the point of recruitment he or she has lost the chance,” he said.
“The Federal Government is spending N6 billion on stipends to current beneficiaries every month and the amount is not a child’s play.
“It is a lifeline to lift you out of unemployment and out of poverty.
“This is a serious business to reduce unemployment and you have to maximize this chance.” He said this to express the challenges faced as a result of wrong information provided by applicants and the extra effort to verify information. According to him, that will not happen in the next batch.
Mr. Imoukhuede also said that many of the applicants residing in the rural areas stood better chance of being recruited as emphasis would be on residence of the applicants to curb rural-urban migration.
“We do not encourage state re-deployment because the scheme is unlike the National Youth Service Corps.
“Anyone who is not ready to do volunteer job in his state of domicile should not bother to apply,” he stated.