200,000 unemployed graduates to commence federal government work December

FILE PHOTO: Thousands of young Nigerians jostled for 11 job positions in UNTH Enugu, South East Nigeria
FILE PHOTO: Thousands of young Nigerians jostled for 11 job positions in UNTH Enugu, South East Nigeria

All is now set for the deployment of 200,000 unemployed graduates selected in the first batch of the Buhari administration’s plan to hire half a million Nigerians.

While the 200,000 had been selected about two weeks ago, their names have now been sent to state governments and the FCT who would deploy them to their specific programme assignments. The names would also be published this week on the N-Power internet portal, while the participants would start receiving SMS messages informing them of their selection as from November 21, 2016.

State governments and the FCT are also encouraged to post the names of the successful first batch applicants in their local government areas while there would be further public announcements.

Between now and the end of the month, the states and the FCT would be engaged in deploying the graduates who would formally start working and earning their stipends on December 1, 2016.

Of the 200,000 first batch, 150,000 of them would teach, 30,000 would work in the Agric sector and 20,000 in Healthcare delivery covering the three specific programme assignments.

The N-Power Volunteer Corps is an expression of President Muhammadu Buhari’s commitment to invest in the human capital development of Nigerian citizens, particularly our young people. The N-Power programme is also an innovative means to enhance ailing public services in the area of basic education and primary healthcare. Also in the agric sector, it is aimed at achieving self-sufficiency by giving our farmers relevant advisory services.

The Federal Government of Nigeria hereby congratulates all 200,000 successful applicants in the first batch, and they are encouraged to take this opportunity seriously by learning the skills that will brighten their future. They are also implored to serve their communities with commitment and dedication.

For those who have not been selected at this time, there is a waiting list based on the total number of applicants, and subsequent batches will absorb more of the qualified applicants.

All together, the N-Power will engage and train 500,000 young unemployed graduates. It is a paid volunteering programme of a 2-year duration that engages graduates in their immediate communities, where they will assist in improving the inadequacies in the education, health, and agriculture sectors.

The 500,000 graduates under the N-Power Corps programme will be trained in skills that will enable them exit after two years to economically viable job and business opportunities.

As part of the programme, the participants would own tablets that will contain information necessary for their specific engagements, as well as information for their continuous training and developments.

Participants will be provided teaching, instructional, and advisory solutions in 4 main focus areas, and will be paid a monthly stipend of N30,000 during the programme. The 4 main focus areas are in basic education, agriculture extension services, public health and community education (civic and adult education).

Besides the N-Power programme for undergraduates, there are other schemes for non-graduates. These are: N-Power Knowledge, which would select 25,000 young Nigerians and N-Power Build 75,000, all of whom shall be trained and paid during the duration of the scheme.


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  • Otile

    These youths should not accept ordinary oral congratulations for the jobs promised them. In Imam’s government words can be slippery. They can really get those jobs and start working hard, but in the end Imam will pay them with promises.

    • B. Messi

      Pay with promises???
      Wai wai wai! Haba!
      Baa ka da hankali!

      • Otile

        Abokina, in Imam Buhari’s Islamic government things happen, bizarre things for that matter.

  • KennBest


  • Dr Pat Kolawole Awosan

    Nigerian unemployed graduate who would be benefiting from this president Muhammadu Buhari,s employment program must try to be good and patriotic citizens of Nigeria, for the rest of their lives as others before them did not derive such an opportunity. May Jehovah God, bless and continue to guide and shower spiritual energy on president Muhammadu Buhari, for being a focus and transparent leader.

    • Otile

      Pat Mumuwole,
      Haba, yanzu kuma baa ka da hankali. You can call on your god Ifa to bless or help your hero Imam, but don’t involve God in Buhari’s godless, nepotistic, insincere dealings with starving Nigerians. It is immoral, dubious and dishonest.

  • B. Messi

    -Punch News.

    That was the way punch put the disgraceful postponement!
    Find it baffling the same premium times who informed us on two previous occasions of the so called ‘commencement’ of the programme now pretends not to remember.
    The same incompetent gwamnent announced commencement dates which they failed to keep.
    The news here should rather be; APC LIED AGAIN!

  • farouk



    Will the distribution be based on the President’s 95% and 7% formula?

  • Kickboxer





    Oh lord save us from the hands of brainless Buhari and unhinged APC goons!!! Save us from YARIBA SLAVES.

    Brainless Buhari has turned Nigeria into an ISLAMIST socialist government?

    Brainless Buhari and terrorists are purposely encouraging private sector businesses like airlines, manufacturers, and IOCs to move out of the country while INCOMPETENT GOVT provide jobs to people. Later on, just like federal roads and minimum wage as militants continue to deny him funds, GOVT would owe salaries to these poor Nigerians.

    Brainless Buhari is setting Nigeria up for a massive POVERTY & FAILURE!!! I am afraid that this country would turn into a 21st century SLAVE LAND, where all manner of VULTURES would come to prey on impoverished people.

    STOP THIS DULLARD because the future of your loved ones are at stake.

  • thusspokez

    Of the 200,000 first batch, 150,000 of them would teach…

    I thought that teaching — even in Nigeria — is a profession whose members are graduates of teaching colleges, followed by professional training before becoming fully-fledged teachers. But despite this long process, the standard of teaching remains poor, but now to make matter worst, schools are going to be flooded with people who are not professionally trained and do not not see teaching as their first choice of career.

  • thusspokez

    …30,000 would work in the Agric sector

    If Nigeria is close to self sufficiency in food production — as we are told–, why add 30,000 more people to food production? Also, only last week the VP was calling on Russians to come and invest in Agriculture. This defies logic and would indicate that the Buhari administration has no agriculture strategy.

    Further increase in food production will cause deflation or depress the price farmers will get for their produce. Consequently, many small farmers will be forced out of business if they can’t get good money for their produce due to over-production.

  • Es3

    200,000 in almost 2 two years, a time frame within which more than 6 million have lost their jobs???! Even this, where is the evidence???

    What a “change” to make/have with Buhari/APC!!!

  • Otile

    Stop talking about overproduction, you know that such talk by Buhari and his henchmen is mere propaganda.