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The government of President Muhammadu Buhari has announced an additional of N977.7 million for the non-graduate category of the N-Power programme.
The job initiative programme is divided into graduate and non-graduate categories.
According to the Federal Executive Council (FEC), the beneficiaries of the latest N977.7 million include beneficiaries in the N-Power creative and N-Power Tech.
According to the statement by the Minister of Budget and National Planning, Udo Udoman, the money is to empower 3,500 beneficiaries in Northern and Southern Nigeria, respectively.
Office of the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, supervises the National Social Investment Programme (NSIP), under which N-Power falls, coincidentally chairs the FEC meeting that gave approval for the money.
According to him, the four thematic areas of the N-Creative training and their respective beneficiary distributions are as follows:
- Script writing: 150 beneficiaries,
- Graphic illustration: 375 beneficiaries,
- Animation: 750 beneficiaries
- Post-production: 225 beneficiaries
“We submitted two memos to the council both on the National Social Investment Programme(NSIP).
“The first was for the award of consultancy service contract for the provision of training services and integrated supply of starter packs for N-Creative trainees in the Northern States of Nigeria under NSIP in the N652.3 million inclusive of five per cent VAT.
“Basically, the N-Creative training service is to be held in Abuja; it will be delivered to 1,500 beneficiaries with integrated starter packs distributed to trainees at end of that training.
“The second memo was again, under the NSIP.
“It was for the award of consultancy service contract for provision of training services and integrated supply of starter packs for the N-Tech Software trainees in Southern Nigeria under the NSIP in the sum of N325.4 million.
“It is software training service; the N-Tech will have 2,000 beneficiaries,’’ he said.
In one of our earlier reports, InfomediaNG told you that 200, 000 people were employed in 2016, while another 300, 000 young Nigerian unemployed graduates were onboarded in 2017, bringing the total number of beneficiaries under the graduate programme to 500, 000.
Vice President Osinbajo earlier in the year said more people will be engaged when the NextLevel programme of the APC-led government begins its second term.
It also engages another 200,000 non-graduates in training or on attachment to organisations as interns.