About 753,307 graduates have applied for the 2017 N-Power job recruitment scheme barely five days after registration was declared open by the Federal Government.
Afolabi Imuokhuede, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Job creation, disclosed this on Sunday in Asaba, Delta State. He described the figure as a ‘landmark’ compared to the total number of applicants in 2016.
Imuokhuede stated that the teaching aspect of the scheme got the highest applications so far with 470,456; while N-Agro, the Agriculture extension section of the scheme followed with 127,315.
He said that N-Health generated 85,691 applications while the latest component, the N-Tax, generated 69,842 applications.
Imuokhuede said that the reason for the large number of applications might be because “a lot of graduates now have faith in the scheme unlike last year when many were a bit skeptical and refused to apply.’’
He added that the federal government would however maintain the recruitment of 300,000 graduates in the current scheme in order not to exceed the programme’s budget for the period.
While stating that the selection process would retain same transparency as it did in 2016, Imuokhuede noted that N-Power was a lifeline provided by the Muhammadu Buhari administration to curb the high rate of unemployment in the country.
- Bola Kougbe