The N-Power Program is built to address the issue of youth unemployment and help increase social development. The Program is designed to target Nigerians between the ages of 18 and 35 “to acquire and develop life-long skills for becoming change-makers in their communities.”
By deploying a force of 500,000 trained graduates in their communities, the N-Power Program is a community-sourced solution to the nation’s under-developed public services like education, healthcare, and civic engagement. This article shall look at an overview of the N-Power scheme in Nigeria.
What Is N-Power Scheme?
The Program is built to prepare young Nigerians for a modern, globalized economy by helping equip youths with skills and certifications for emerging global markets.
Nigeria is looking to increase its already bustling technology sector by supporting a talent pool of software developers, hardware professionals, and other tech-based skills such as animators and digital artists.
The then president and the vice president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari and Professor Yemi Osinbajo introduced the N-Power scheme into Nigeria in 2016. This program was created to reduce the high rate of unemployment in Nigeria through job creation for the youth. The primary goal of this program is to help the youths acquire skills and reduce unemployment in Nigeria.
It is an opportunity for the youths to serve the country for a space of 2 years only and receive a monthly salary for their efforts.
N-POWER Graduate Programs
N-Power Agro is a program designed to provide services to farmers across the country. Part of the focus is to support the development of efficient farming techniques and practices to maximize productivity in the agricultural sector.
The other side of the program provides technological and institutional development to farming communities in rural areas, places where the public service sector is particularly underrepresented. By creating a stronger link between rural and urban communities and centralizing the knowledge base while incorporating local knowledge and practices, the N-Power Agro program is built to link the diverse communities of Nigeria while promoting a modern economy.
The N-Power Teach program helps improve basic education in Nigerian communities. Volunteers are deployed as teacher assistants in primary schools where they engage with students to foster relationships and build confidence while supporting their educational development. In addition, these volunteers bring education solutions to underserved communities, helping the most marginalized members of their communities get access to the education they need to participate in the modern workforce.
As part of this program volunteers help implement STEM programs in primary schools with a particular focus on computer science, engineering, applied mathematics, and other tech information knowledge.
The N-Power Health Program deploys volunteers to provide care with a focus on preventative measures and the most vulnerable, including pregnant women and children. By increasing access to basic health services in underserved communities the N-Power Health Program serves the double purpose of increasing the overall well-being of millions of citizens and supporting the development of healthcare infrastructure with community-based solutions.
N-POWER Non-Graduate Programs
The N-Power Knowledge program is the Federal Government’s first step towards diversifying into a knowledge economy. This program will work alongside the planned eight innovation hubs across the country to provide incubation and acceleration of the technology and creative industries. The program is a ‘Training to Jobs’ initiative, essentially ensuring that participants can get engaged in the marketplace in an outsourcing capacity, as freelancers, as employees, and as entrepreneurs.
It comprises of N-Creative, N-Tech Hardware, N-Tech Software
N-Power Build is an accelerated training and certification (Skills to Job) program that will engage and train 75,000 young unemployed Nigerians in order to build a new crop of the skilled and highly competent workforce of technicians, artisans, and service professionals.
The focus industries include:
- Building Services
- Built Environment Services
- Aluminium and Gas
Other areas are N-Power Tech Hardware, Creative, Knowledge, Teachers Corps, and Community Education.
Not everyone is eligible for this program but those who meet the following requirements:
- Unemployed persons between the ages f 18 to 35
- Applicants that pass the aptitude test and other necessary tests will be qualified.
- Applicants must show genuine interest in the chosen field.
- All applicants must meet up with the minimum academic qualification that includes: Ordinary National Diploma (OND), Higher National Diploma (HND), Bachelor’s Degree, and Nigerian Certificate of Education (NCE).
- Applicants must be computer literate and prove they fit into the program.
Requirements for The N-Power Registration
In addition to the requirements above, applicants are to provide the following information for the registration for the program.
- Active phone number
- Email Address
- Place of birth
- Date of birth
- Proof of Nigerian nationality
- Bank Verification Number (BVN)
- Curriculum Vitae (CV)
- Degree certificate
How Do I Apply For The Programme?
To apply for the program, kindly visit N-Power’s official website. Visit www.portal.npower.gov.ng to apply and get more details.
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