A mistake by someone should be a lesson for a wise person who pays keen attention to details. The same is applies to the beneficiaries of the job initiative programme of the Federal Government.
In this post, we’ll share with you 10 lessons the N-Power 2017 beneficiaries should learn from the 2016 batch.
As we all know, the 2016 batch is the pioneer of the programme, which is designed for the unemployed Nigerian youths.
And very soon, they will be exited or disengaged, if you like, from the programme. A presidential aide on Social Investment Programme Barrister Ismaeel Ahmed in an interview confirmed that the 2016 batch would be disengaged.
So…let’s see the lessons the current batch could learn.
10 lessons N-Power 2017 beneficiaries should learn from 2016 batch
- Read terms and conditions
- Have a side hustle
- Be loyal to head of your PPA
- Form cooperative
- Make an impact in your PPA
- Apply for available opportunities
- Train and re-train yourself
- Positively utilise social media
- Provide a service
- Be economical
Read terms and conditions
Always read the terms and conditions of any job irrespective of how lengthy the terms are, take your time to read through.
Have a side hustle
The programme was never designed to permanently employ the millions of Nigerian youths on the streets.
The idea was to engage a few of them for a 2-year period, disengage (SACK) them and bring new sets on board.
The undisclosed objective of N-Power by the government is: Your ability to save and start off a small business after 24 months of engagement.
For this reason, try as much as possible to have a side hustle.
Be loyal to the head of your PPA
The head of your Place of Primary Assignment could make or mar your N-Power engagement.
This is because they can make good or bad recommendations about you. So be loyal, if you’re going to have a side hustle, it can only be smooth when you have a cordial relationship with the head of your PPA.
Some of the 2016 beneficiaries were rude to the head of their PPA. They believed that they didn’t have any power over them since their monthly stipend comes directly from Abuja, they were wrong after all.
We all saw what happened when N-Power monitoring teams were on the field for inspection.
Form a cooperative society among yourself most especially with the serious ones. It helps, some of the 2016 batch did this and they were happy for it.
Make an impact in your PPA
Do your best at your PPA. Enjoy what you do. That’s when you can only be happy. It helps.
Apply for available opportunities
Don’t tie yourself down with N-Power job. In fact, the national coordinator of the programme Mr Afolabi Imoukhuede once said in one of his Facebook Live Chat that beneficiaries of the programme can apply for other available opportunities around them.
Train and re-train yourself
Don’t wait for hand note from the government. Continue to train yourself. There are so many free online courses you can take to boost your CV and knowledge, most especially in the digital world.
One of such FREE ONLINE courses by Google. At the end of the online training, a certificate is mailed to you.
That’s one of the reasons, the N-Power devices for beneficiaries are loaded with free online courses you can take.
Positively utilise social media
A whole lot of things are happening on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and other social media platforms.
Don’t waste your data commenting on things that are not productive. Continue to tweet or post something you are good and passionate about. Very soon, you’d become an authority in it and most likely, you become an influencer and make some good money from there.
We’re coming up soon with a post, “How Social Media Influencers make money” on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
Provide a service
Another lesson fresh N-Power beneficiaries should learn from the 2016 batch of the programme is: Think of the kind of service you can provide in your community. It doesn’t have to be something that requires huge capital.
A lot of graduates are already going into the laundry business. Don’t underrate laundry business, there is cool money in it.
You can think of something else.
Be economical with your N-Power monthly stipend as much as possible. N30, 000 is small in the real economic reality of Nigeria. Yet, there are lots of graduates who earn lesser than this and are still managing to survive.
All the best as go to your N-Power PPA. We’ll share more useful contents with you soon. And don’t forget to watch out for the next N-Power job recruitment.