By Victor Ernest with agency report
The Presidency says the Federal Government will begin the non-graduates scheme component of the N-Power programme in July.
Afolabi Imoukhuede, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Job Creation (N-Power Scheme), disclosed this at the News Agency of Nigeria Forum in Abuja.
He said N-Power had two broad components, namely: graduate and non-graduate schemes.
”We are hopeful that by June/July we should deploy those ones in different batches across the country and FCT.
”So it is worthy of note that those who applied for that programme (non-graduates) should just stay rested,” he said.
Designed for vocational skills
Imoukhuede explained that the non-graduate component of the programme was designed to empower the beneficiaries with vocational skills.
”It is like one year engagement for them; while they are undergoing training they will get some stipends and they will also provide them with necessary tools and consumables.”
Imoukhuede added that the scheme would also partner employers for the apprenticeship programme and also give the volunteers some stipends.
According to him, that type of programme will not only be empowering the trainees, but also transferring skills to them.
The presidential aide said the office had been working with relevant stakeholders to ensure successful implementation of the scheme.
The N-Power is one of the five components of the Social Investment Programme (SIP) which is funded by the Federal Government to create jobs for Nigerian youths.