By Levinus Nwabughiogu
ABUJA – The Presidency, Wednesday, announced a take off in the recruitment of 500,000 unemployed graduates who would benefit from the N500 billion social investment Programme of the All Progressives Congress, APC, led federal government.
A statement from the Office of the Vice President by his media aide, Mr. Laolu Akande said that the Buhari presidency will start taking applications via online for positions in the 500,000 direct teacher jobs scheme, through an internet portal named npower.gov.ng.
It stated that applications were expected to start coming in on June 12, as the portal would formally be launched on Saturday, June 11.
The statement therefore asked young unemployed Nigerians to visit the website and apply.
The statement further read thus: “It would be recalled that President Muhammadu Buhari in his May 29th Democracy Day broadcast to the nation formally launched the unprecedented social investment programmes already provided for under the 2016 Appropriation by the administration.
“The 500,000 Teacher Corps, nicknamed N-Power Teach on the portal, is one of the three direct job creation and training schemes Nigerians can start applying for from Sunday, June 12.
“Others are N-Power Knowledge which will train 25,000 Nigerians in the area of technology, and N-Power Build, which train another 75,000 in the areas of building services, construction, utilities, hospitality and catering, automotive vocations, aluminium and gas services.
“All trainees would be paid for the duration of their training.
“The N-Power Teacher Corps initiative which will engage and train 500,000 young unemployed graduates, is a paid volunteer programme of a 2-year duration.
“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.
“Besides their monthly take home pay estimated at about N23,000, the selected 500,000 graduates will also get computer devices that will contain information necessary for their specific engagement, as well as information for their continuous training and development. They get to keep the devices even after exiting from the programme.
“According to the plan of the Buhari administration, the N-Power Teacher Corps programme is an invaluable opportunity for young Nigerians to make immense economic and social contributions to the nation while developing their skills. It will also help to address the problems of inadequate teachers in public schools.