It’s taken a year, and I pray Nigerians would be excited at Buhari’s launch of N-Power! I pray it’s not a slogan that would be wasted on negative interpretations. I pray the website went through a thorough test, eliminating all sorts of bugs. I pray the website is smartphone-friendly. Thus far, I have been on the website, thankfully, it looks modern as to be expected. It takes a while to upload, and I can understand the demand today of all days. I would expect N-Power to have an App to compliment the website – this will go a long way for accessibility. What N-Power hopes to achieve, asides ticking off its political manifesto remains to be seen. I would be disappointed if figures are manipulated to buttress their employment initiatives. I shall be on the look out for testimonies. I hereby encourage Nigerians unemployed to give it a go, nothing to lose and make noise about the outcome.
I commend the government on the initiative, hoping it has been well thought out. – Jide Salu
The Federal Government of Nigeria has designed the N-Power Programme to drastically reduce youth unemployment. The focus is to provide our young graduates and non-graduates with the skills, tools and livelihood to enable them to advance from unemployment to employment, entrepreneurship and innovation. The first phase of N-Power will target Nigeria’s critical needs in education, agriculture, technology, creative, construction and artisanal industries. N-Power is also preparing Nigeria for a global outsourcing push where our young Nigerians can export their services to work on global projects that earn Nigeria, foreign exchange.
What is N-Power?
Skills and knowledge are the driving forces of economic growth and social development. Despite the current high level of unemployment, harnessing Nigeria’s young demography through appropriate skill development efforts provides an opportunity to achieve inclusion and productivity within the country. Large-scale skill development is the main policy thrust of the N-Power Programme.
N-Power is also linked to the Federal Government’s policies in the economic, employment and social development arenas. N-Power addresses the challenge of youth unemployment by providing a structure for large scale and relevant work skills acquisition and development while linking its core and outcomes to fixing inadequate public services and stimulating the larger economy. The modular programmes under N-Power will ensure that each participant will learn and practice most of what is necessary to find or create work. The N-Power Teacher Corp involves a massive deployment of 500,000 trained graduates who will assist to improve the inadequacies in our public services in education, health and civic education. Some of these graduates will also help in actualising Nigeria’s economic and strategic aspirations of achieving food security and self-sufficiency.
N-Power will also be a platform for diversifying the economy. N-Power is preparing young Nigerians for a knowledge economy where, equipped with world-class skills and certification, they become innovators and movers in the domestic and global markets. Nigeria will have a pool of software developers, hardware service professionals, animators, graphic artists, building services professionals, artisans and others. N-Power also focuses on providing our non-graduates with relevant technical and business skills that enhance their work outlook and livelihood.
In sum, N-Power is segmented as follows:
N-Power Teachers Corps- 500,000 graduates
N-Power Knowledge – 25,000 non-graduates
N-Power Build- 75,000 non-graduates