By Levinus Nwabughiogu
ABUJA-Finally, the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari has kicked off the process of engaging 500,000 unemployed graduates of different tertiary institutions in Nigeria.
The programmes which would commence December 1, 2016 was in line with the 2015 election campaign promises of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC to providing jobs for the teeming youth in the country.
The fulfillment is however coming precisely one year and 7 months after the administration came on stream.
The project had had several slips which elicited doubts in many Nigerians about its reality.
This persisted until the Office of the Vice President where the project domiciled announced that it was factored into the 2016 National Budget signed into law by President Buhari on May 6, 2016.
To this end, a statement from the Vice President Yemi Osinbajo’s office on Sunday stated that “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.”
Seemingly excited by the development, the office stated that the names of the selected 200,000 had been sent to state governments and the Federal Capital Territory, FCT who would deploy them to their specific programme assignments in various communities.
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 today.
The federal government therefore congratulated the successful candidates.