OSINBAJO Extends NPower 2017 Registration by Two Weeks (Nigerians’ Reactions)

OSINBAJO Extends NPower 2017 Registration by Two Weeks (Nigerians’ Reactions)

The registration deadline for NPower 2017 application that was earlier scheduled to close on Thursday 13th of July 2017 has been extended by two weeks by the Acting President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo.

The NPower application portal will now close on Thursday 27th of July 2017 as announced this Friday (14th July, 2017) by the Acting President when he visited the NPower Call Center in Abuja, where some youths were given tablets to facilitate their jobs.

He disclosed that about 2.3 million individuals had already applied for engagement under the scheme.


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“Already 200,000 young people have been engaged. And since the programme was opened another 2.3 million have applied and we are looking at the next phase of engagement.

“But for me I think what is important is that we are able to do this incrementally and we are able to give hope to some of these young people who need the opportunity.”

“We will never always be able to do everything but I think that it is important that we do as much as we can.”

“You will recall that the target was 500,000 but depending on our resources we can always do more but the target for now is 500,000.”

“But what I want to say to the young people working on this is that, if we take the opportunity for instance if you look at the tablet given to them, the tablet contains so much information, so much learning material that one can really develop his skills in a wide variety of ways and be able to give himself greater opportunity,” Osinbajo said.

Presently 200,000 (two hundred thousand) young people have been engaged. And since the NPower programme was opened for new second batch application this year 2017, another 2.3 million have applied to become one of the beneficiaries of this empowerment scheme organised by the Federal Government of Nigeria under the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari to address 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. It is also linked to the Federal Government’s policies in the economic, employment and social development arenas.


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NIGERIANS’ REACTIONS TO NPOWER REGISTRATION TWO-WEEK EXTENSION

As a result of this two-week extension, some young Nigerian youths have reacted keenly to the extension of NPower 2017 registration.

While some welcomed the extension given by the Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, to the registration window of NPower Social Intervention Programme as an opportunity for some people who are yet to register to do their registration, others condemned it, claiming that the federal government ought to have increased the numbers of candidates to be employed since the Federal Government only planned to employ 300,000 (in addition to the 200,000 formerly engaged) out of the over 2 million candidates who had registered as at now.

Meanwhile, some are also using the extension to urge the Federal Government to give consideration to those disqualified as a result of BVN related issues in their applications.


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