The Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, on Friday disclosed that 2.3 million youths have so far applied for the 300,000 jobs that are still available under the Federal Government’s N-Power scheme since the portal was reopened in June. Osinbajo disclosed this to journalists when he visited the scheme’s Response Centre in Abuja.

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.


Chris Kehinde Nwandu is the Editor In Chief of CKNNEWS || He is a Law graduate and an Alumnus of Lagos State University, Lead City University Ibadan and Nigerian Institute Of Journalism || With over 2 decades practice in Journalism, PR and Advertising, he is a member of several Professional bodies within and outside Nigeria || Member: Institute Of Chartered Arbitrators ( UK ) || Member : Institute of Chartered Mediators And Conciliation || Member : Nigerian Institute Of Public Relations || Member : Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria || Fellow : Institute of Personality Development And Customer Relationship Management || Member and Chairman Board Of Trustees: Guild Of Professional Bloggers of Nigeria

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