Minister for Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouq, said that no fewer than five million candidates have applied for the N-Power programme.
The Minister, Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouq, has disclosed this in a statement on Tuesday by her Special Assistant on Strategic Communication, Mrs Halima Oyelade.
The Minister revealed that the registration which commenced on June 26 and was to end on July 26 but was extended by two weeks due to service and technical glitches the candidates had experienced in first weeks exercise hence, the registration was extended by two weeks.
According to her “A total of 5,042,001 Nigerian youths have applied as at the end of the registration.
“Due diligence will be applied during the next stages of the selection to ensure that only duly qualified applicants are enrolled.
“The Ministry will ensure that the applicants as well as the general public, are fully informed on the progress of the scheme,” she said.
Farouq also reaffirmed that, the N-Power programme is aimed at providing the Nigerian youths with opportunities to gain skills for employability and entrepreneurship.
She further clarified that the programme would assist the federal government’s effort towards post covid-19 economic recovery.
The Minister added that, women and persons with disability will be given priority during the selection.
“The Ministry remains committed to the vision of President Muhammadu Buhari to lift 100million Nigerians out of Poverty in the next 10 years.
“However, the N-power Programme is one of the platforms that can assist in the realisation of that vision,” she said.