The N-Power program is a program initiated by by the President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari with a Motto, “Empowering Nigerian Youths for Prosperity” since June, 8, 2016, to tackle issues of youth joblessness and improve social development of young people in Nigeria.
The plan was made as a segment of National Social Investment Program (NSIP), to give youths an opportunity to develop relevant work skills, empowering them to such an extent that each participant will learn and practice most of what is necessary to find or create work.
What are the Objectives and Focus of Npower scheme?
Npower requirements for applicants is simple and straight forward. The program which is aimed at making youth emloyable by skill enhancement employs a strategic learn-work-entrepreneurship culture in youth between the ages of 18-35.
Interested youth are to apply through the Npower portal, www.portal.npower.gov.ng?
Applications are done online via the Npower portal, www.portal.npower.gov.ng to create a level playing field for everyone, and selections carried out automatically via the portal. To ensue accountability, applicants details are required alongside bank details and BVN.
Npower participants are not paid salary but stipend, and in addition to the N30,000 stipend paid them each month, N-Power volunteers are given devices with relevant content for continuous learning, to facilitate their ability to successfully implement the selected vocation and enable them take ownership of their lives.
10,000 non-graduates in the N-Build category have been trained in 23 States, with the balance of the 10,000 having begun their own training
in the skill centres.
On 12 June 2016, online enrolment for N-Power Batch A beneficiaries commenced on the online registration portal.The portal for registration was supposed to close on 25 July 2016, but was extended till 31 August 2016, allowing a total of 350,000 Nigerians to apply. On 21 November 2016, 200,000 Nigerian youths out of the 350,000 that applied were selected based on their performances in an online assessment test. 150,000 benefeciaries were selected under N-Teach category, 30,000 under N-Agro and 20,000 under N-Health. On 1 December 2016, the Batch A beneficiaries started work in their various places of primary assignment.On 19 June 2020, the minister of humanitarian affairs, disaster management and social development, Sadiya Umar Farouq announced that the Batch A beneficiaries will be disengaged from the scheme on 30 June 2020. They were supposed to spend 24 months on the programme, but instead, they spent 43 months.
On 13 June 2017, online enrolment for N-Power Batch B beneficiaries commenced and within 5 days, more than 750,000 applications were received on the online registration portal.The application portal closed on 27 July 2017 and received a total of 2,543,079 applications, 2,258,266 persons scaled through the BVN validation stage and were invited to proceed to an online assessment test. From 1 July 2017 to 31 August 2017, the online assessment test was conducted to select qualified applicants in four categories, N-Tax, N-Health, N-Agro and N-Teach. A total of 1,746,454 persons wrote the online test and 300,000 were selected based on their performances in the assessment test.They were physically verified from 4 December 2017 to 14 December 2017 in the 774 local government areas in Nigeria.On 1 August 2018, the Batch B beneficiaries started work in their various places of primary assignment.On 19 June 2020, the minister of humanitarian affairs, disaster management and social development, Sadiya Umar Farouq announced that the Batch B beneficiaries will be disengaged from the scheme on 31 July 2020.
On 26 June 2020, online enrolment for N-Power Batch C beneficiaries commenced and within 48 hours, more than 1 million applications were received on the online registration portal.One week after the online registration portal opened, three million applications were received.