N – Power job scheme enters another phase Sept. 20 – Akande

Abuja – The Federal Government has released a schedule for the next phase of the N-Power Programme, the job creation and empowerment initiative of its Social Investment Programme.

A release issued by  Mr Laolu Akande, the Senior Special Adviser, Media and Publicity to the Vice President, on Monday indicated that the selection process would begin on Sept. 20 and end on Oct. 18.

It said that under the new phase, candidates would be assessed in phases based on their specific chosen programmes before the final selection.

According to the release, under this phase, applicants are to log in and fill in their phone numbers and surnames as contained in their original application, using their personal profile (which has been opened for every applicant).

It added that all candidates would be notified by Short Message Service (SMS) of their assessment.

“All assessments will include some personal questions and other questions testing basic knowledge of English, General Knowledge and Quantitative Reasoning.

“Applicants should also note that they will be tested on other programme-specific questions depending on the programme they applied for.

“Applicants are to note also that they can take their tests on a smart-phone, tablet, laptop or desktop computer provided that the devices have internet connection,’’ the release added.

It said successful applicants would be selected to participate in the N-Power programme.

The release said that applicants could only gain access to their profile for assessment as represented in the schedule “which breaks down applicants in batches by the first letter in their surnames.

“Based on the schedule, applicants for the N-Power Teach programme will be first in line, starting on Tuesday Sept. 20.

“Applicants whose surnames fall between the letters of the alphabet V to Z (e.g. Venda, Wushishi, Xiaver, Yusuf, Zikora) should log in and take their assessments on the stipulated date.’’

The assessment is to enable the panel to pick the final 500,000 for the two-year volunteer positions of  the N-Power, which also has programmes for non-graduates.

A schedule for each programme’s assessment indicated that N-Power Teach would hold from Sept 20 to Sept. 28; N-Power Agro, Sept. 29 to Oct. 1; N-Power Health, Oct. 2 to Oct. 3; while N-Power Community Education is from Oct. 4 toOct. 6.

Others are N-Power Creative, Oct. 7 to Oct. 9; N-Power Tech (Software), Oct. 10 to Oct. 12; N-Power Tech (Hardware), Oct. 13 to Oct. 14; and N-Power Build,  from Oct. 15 to Oct. 18.

The release noted that about a million Nigerian undergraduates applied online for the N-Power programme of the Buhari presidency.