200,000 N-Power jobs ready – FG

The Presidency has announced that the selection process for the first batch of 200,000 Nigerians to be engaged in the N-Power process has been completed.

Senior Special Assistant to the Vice President on Media and Publicity, Mr Laolu Akande, said in a release that the applicants’ official engagement was awaiting the completion of Bank Verification Number clearance.

According to him the verification is to ensure that the beneficiaries are paid directly; adding that no fewer than 500,000 Nigerians would be engaged in the job-creation scheme.

He said the first selection was done by Presidency officials in collaboration with Ministries of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Health and other government agencies.

He added that foreign consultants were neither used nor needed.

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Akande said that three criteria were used for the selection of the 200,000.

He said 40 per cent was selected based on the number of applications per state; a special mark-up was made for the six states of the Northeast; and a discretionary addition for states with low numbers of applicants.

He said the Buhari Social Investment scheme differed from the defunct SURE-P in many ways including the elimination of errors identified in SURE-P.

According to him, the Presidency conceived the Social Investments Programmes as a means to effectively and efficiently touch the lives of Nigerians, especially the unemployed and the poorest.

He said, “we have designed a full-proof process that will ensure that the goods are delivered.

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“There would not be any middle-men and the payments to be made to the N-Power candidates, the monthly N5,000 to the poorest and most vulnerable among others would be paid directly to them.”