Why N-Power 2016 Batch was Extended Beyond November 2018-Afolabi Imoukhuede

Last updated on July 21st, 2021 at 07:32 am

The N-Power 2016 batch was designed to sign out from the job initiative programme November 2018, but to the surprise of all the Federal Government announced a few weeks back that they would be migrated to an Enhancement Programme.

Special Assistant to the President on Job creation and coordinator of N-Power Programme Mr. Afolabi Imoukhuede said the extension was to enable the Federal Government to properly design the enhancement programme for the beneficiaries, saying the extension has no political coloration.

Imoukhuede, who has been the head of monitoring team across the country, made the clarification while featuring on ’Guest of the Week’ on OSRC TV in Akure recently shortly after he interacted with N-Power Ondo State volunteer

News Agency of Nigeria reports that Imoukhuede dismissed reports that some of the volunteers had threatened to vote against the government in 2019 should they be dropped, saying the extension was a benevolence on the part of the government.

“Nobody can threaten the government, even those we had exited from the programme because of some sharp practices could not threaten us. The extension had no political coloration.

“The purpose for which we designed the programme was to enhance their transition and since those for whom we designed it still have issues, we need to tidy up all loose ends which is what the enhancement intends to achieve,” he said.

The SSA expressed satisfaction with his interface with over 14,000 volunteers in Ondo State who vowed to support the next level agenda of the present government.

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According to him, the volunteers have proven to be credible assets to drive President Muhammadu Buhari’s re-election.

“The interface was a coming together of the volunteers who wanted to show their appreciation to the president and his Vice, Prof Yemi Osinbajo and they made a good show with that.

“l was enthused with what I saw at the interface with Ondo volunteers and fully appreciative of this. We are taking this campaign to other states.

“Now we know we have credible assets who are very grateful for what Mr President and the vice president have done and think they deserve re-election which is why they have decided to sign on to the next level,” he said

Imoukhuede, who is also the national coordinator of the N-Power programme, explained that the extension was to smoothen their transition for permanent job placements and opportunities.

He clarified that the N-Power scheme was to harness Nigeria’s young demography through appropriate skill development, provision of relevant work skills acquisition and development, and linking outcomes to fixing inadequate public services.

“Some of them are already good entrepreneurs, like Gbayisemore here in Ondo, who doesn’t want any other job, but just to build his business.

Iyenche in ljebu, and many others like that.

So, let’s begin to catch young entrepreneurs, let’s begin to patch those who actually want to continue in formal jobs.

“Let’s also continue to patch up those who want to be able to earn in two or three places which we call freelance, so they don’t want any contract to one person,” he said.

500,000 volunteers are currently part of the Graduate Programme of the two batches of the N-Power scheme, a Social Investment Programme, SIP, of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

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Participants are engaged in different areas of public service, including education (NTeach), health (N-Health), agriculture (NAgro), building/construction (N-Build) with a monthly stipend of N30,000.

In November, N-Power Team announced the opening of its NBuild recruitment portal but later postponed the online application till further notice.

The programme is currently encouraging beneficiaries of the job initiative to submit their impactful videos on how the programme have touched their lives and how they are using it to affect their community positively in the ongoing N-Power Impact Series Competition


  • Opeyemi Quadri

    Ope is a finance writer and researcher with 10+ years of experience in content creation. His interests cut across investment, foreign exchange, government policies and politics. Ope is available on Twitter @OpeQuadri.

3 thoughts on “Why N-Power 2016 Batch was Extended Beyond November 2018-Afolabi Imoukhuede”

  1. I really appreciate the FG initiative of the program because it’s realy been helping immensly. I will always be grateful to FG of Nigeria for this great initiative.

  2. Aghasomwan jane

    Hi, realy appreciate the npower job, but pls oo hope our set 2017 batch b will be retained as well, like the 2016 group, and also please when will the distribution of gadgets begins, heard you guy have a lot of stuff installed in them to help some one in life.

    1. Hi, FG is working on your gadgets , you’ll be informed when distribution begins. You can subscribe to our blog to get the news in your inbox

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