What is N power programme:
N power programme is a youth empowerment initiative programme of the National Social Investment Proramme (NSIP) of the Federal Government of Nigeria.
N power programme created by President Muhammadu Buhari led-administration on June 8, 2016, is for young Nigerians between the age of 18 to 35, is an intervention programme that will help address the challenge of youth unemployment by providing a structure for large scale and relevant work skills acquisition and development while linking its core outcomes to fixing inadequate public services and stimulating the larger economy.
The N power programme has two main categories, which include;
N-Power Teach, N-Power Health, N-Power Agro, N-Power Tax.
N-Power Knowledge: -Tech (Hardware and Software)-Creative. N-Power Build.
The purpose of the N power programme:
N power programme was created by President Muhammad Buhari in other to address the issue of unemployment among graduate and non-graduate Nigerian youths and therefore, help increase social development.
In the inception of the n power programme, it was under the office of the vice-president, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo and managed by Hajia Maryam Uwais, Special Adviser to the president on social intervention, before it was moved to the ministry of humanitarian affairs, disaster management, and social development on October 1, 2019.
Applicants are selected and placed is several places known as primary place of assignment (PPA). These PPA can be found by checking your N power Deployment Status. Applicants will then be paid specific stipends on monthly basis by the scheme.
History of N power programme:
On 12 June 2016, online enrolment for N-Power Batch A beneficiaries commenced on the online registration portal. The portal for registration was supposed to close on 25 July 2016, but was extended till 31 August 2016, allowing a total of 350,000 Nigerians to apply. On 21 November 2016, 200,000 Nigerian youths out of the 350,000 that applied were selected based on their performances in an online assessment test.150,000 beneficiaries were selected under N-Teach category, 30,000 under N-Agro and 20,000 under N-Health. On 1 December 2016, the Batch A beneficiaries started work in their various places of primary assignment. On 19 June 2020, the minister of humanitarian affairs, disaster management and social development, Sadiya Umar Farouq announced that the Batch A beneficiaries will be disengaged from the scheme on 30 June 2020. They were supposed to spend 24 months on the programme, but instead, they spent 43 months.
On 13 June 2017, online enrolment for N-Power Batch B beneficiaries commenced and within 5 days, more than 750,000 applications were received on the online registration portal. The application portal closed on 27 July 2017 and received a total of 2,543,079 applications, 2,258,266 persons scaled through the BVN validation stage and were invited to proceed to an online assessment test. From 1 July 2017 to 31 August 2017, the online assessment test was conducted to select qualified applicants in four categories, N-Tax, N-Health, N-Agro and N-Teach. A total of 1,746,454 persons wrote the online test and 300,000 were selected based on their performances in the assessment test. They were physically verified from 4 December 2017 to 14 December 2017 in the 774 local government areas in Nigeria. On 1 August 2018, the Batch B beneficiaries started work in their various places of primary assignment. On 19 June 2020, the minister of humanitarian affairs, disaster management and social development, Sadiya Umar Farouq announced that the Batch B beneficiaries will be disengaged from the scheme on 31 July 2020.
On 26 June 2020, online enrolment for N-Power Batch C beneficiaries commenced and within 48 hours, more than 1 million applications were received on the online registration portal. One week after the online registration portal opened, three million applications were received.