With over five million applicants, the Federal Government has extended the closing date for eligible candidates to vie for slots in the N-Power scheme.
Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajiya Sadiya Umar said the application portal will be open till August 9, giving prospective applicants a two week extension.
“The extension is to enable as many eligible applicants as possible to apply for the programme by providing an equitable and level playing field to all applicants. It also takes into cognizance difficulties some people might have encountered in gaining access to the registration portal which has seen a record number of over 5 million applicants,” the minister said while giving an update on the Phase 2 of the lockdown ordered by the Presidential Task Force of COVID-19.
She said government is determined to “train and upskill young Nigerians for employability or entrepreneurship” and emphasised the need for a proactive approach “as countries around the world gear up for post Covid-19 economic revival.”
The minister promised that ongoing humanitarian interventions will continue to support the vulnerable members of the population.
N-Power is a youth empowerment scheme designed to engage young people between age 18 and 35 years. It was conceived as an accelerated training and certification programme that will engage and train young unemployed Nigerians in order to build a new crop of skilled and highly competent workforce of technicians, artisans and service professionals across the country.