If you have been in Nigeria for the past one year, you must be familiar with the term N-Power. But, despite the ubiquitous usage of the term “N-Power”, the number of Nigerians who do not know what it is all about, outweighs those who know. That is to say that fewer persons are aware of this social-economic opportunity. It is therefore our privilege to answer the question, What is N-power all about?. It is our belief that you would find this very useful.
What Is N-Power All About
N-Power is socio-economic program of the federal republic of Nigeria. It was established to provide economic and employment opportunities for Nigerian citizens across the federation. N-Power addresses 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. The modular programmes under N-Power will ensure that each participant will learn and practice most of what is necessary to find or create work.
The N-Power Teacher Corp involves a massive deployment of 500,000 trained graduates who will assist to improve the inadequacies in our public services in education, health and civic education. Some of these graduates will also help in actualising Nigeria’s economic and strategic aspirations of achieving food security and self-sufficiency.
N-Power is also a platform for diversifying the economy. N-Power is preparing young Nigerians for a knowledge economy where, equipped with world-class skills and certification, they become innovators and movers in the domestic and global markets. Nigeria will have a pool of software developers, hardware service professionals, animators, graphic artists, building services professionals, artisans and others. N-Power also focuses on providing our non-graduates with relevant technical and business skills that enhance their work outlook and livelihood.
In sum, N-Power is segmented as follows:
- N-Power Teachers Corps- 500,000 graduates
- N-Power Knowledge – 25,000 non-graduates
- N-Power Build- 75,000 non-graduates
Goals Of N-Power
- Intervene: To intervene and directly improve the livelihood of a critical mass of young unemployed Nigerians
- Create: To create an ecosystem of solutions for ailing public services and government diversification policies.
- Develop: To develop a qualitative system for the transfer of employability, entrepreneurial and technical skills.
Who Is Eligible To Apply For N-Power?
N-Power aspires to provide a platform where most Nigerians can access skills acquisition and development. At this time however, the initial modular programmes in N-Power are designed for Nigerian citizens between the ages of 18 and 35. You will need to meet the minimum requirements (if any) for your respective programme. Generally, selection is based:
- On your expression of a genuine interest in whichever area you decide;
- Passing the relevant tests;
- Your willingness to push yourself beyond your comfort zone; and
- Ability to show flair to develop all the skills you need to be the best you can be.
While there are fixed requirements along the way, you will be required to take ownership of the process and take the lead in shaping your route, by making the most of the training that you will receive.
For the purposes of N-Power, Graduate means having a minimum of a Higher National Diploma (HND) or a Bachelors Degree from a higher institution.
The focus areas are basically the sectors and segments that are the pillars of the N-Power program. The participants are highly expected to contribute all they can in the following focus areas:
- Community service
- Post production
N-Power is actually built to succeed for a long time. There are many stake holders in this scheme who pull their resources together to ensure the sustainability of this program in the country. The stake holders include:
- Federal Ministry of communication
- The Presidency
- Federal Ministry of Education
- National directorate of employment
- Federal Ministry of Health
- Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment
- Universal Basic Education Commission
- Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports
- National Information Technology Development Agency
For further information, visit the website http://portal.npower.gov.ng/index.html
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