Under the scheme, which is one of the components of the government’s Social Investment Programme, 500,000 youths are expected to be engaged. While 200,000 were employed in the first phase, the portal was reopened on June 13 for applications to fill the remaining 300,000 vacancies.
Despite the high number of applications, however, Osinbajo said the government would stick to the 500,000 target for now. He said a decision on whether to increase the figure in the future would depend on government’s resources.
The Acting President said, “Already, 200,000 young people have been engaged. And since the programme was opened, another 2.3 million have applied and we are looking at the next phase of engagement. Osinbajo said there was no truth in the reports of alleged backlog of salaries as far as the scheme was concerned.
He said once the Bank Verification Numbers of beneficiaries are confirmed, they are paid. “There is a problem if your BVN does not match the records you gave. If there is a problem with any of your records, you cannot be paid.