Npower News Today, FG is set to shortlist fresh 400,000 Youths under the NPower programme shortly, the Minister has said.
According to reports, Sadiya Umar-Farouq, Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management, and Social Development, said on Wednesday that the Federal Government will soon enlist an additional 400,000 young people under the N-power program.
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The youths will be enrolled in Batch C2 for the programme, which is designed to provide them with life-long skills, according to Umar-Farouq.
During the closing ceremony for over 3,000 youths from the Northwest zone trained in software and hardware skills under the Batch C1 of the N-Knowledge component of the N-Power programme, the Minister was represented by her Deputy Director, Finance and Account, Muhammad Sambo.
“It is no longer news that Mr. President has approved the expansion of N-Power to accommodate one million beneficiaries,” she writes. We carefully implemented this, with Batch C1 accommodating a total of 510,000 beneficiaries and Batch C2 set to begin shortly. This is in order to increase the number of Nigerian youths who participate in the program.
“It is common knowledge that the N-Power program is an important component of the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management, and Social Development’s (FMHADMSD) National Social Investment Programs, which are designed to achieve the national objectives of poverty reduction and job creation. The N-Power program is critical in assisting young Nigerians in acquiring and developing life-long skills that will enable them to become community solution providers and entrepreneurs.
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“The N-Power Volunteer Corps is a graduate program; N-Power Build is a non-graduate program; and N-Power Knowledge is a non-graduate program that encompasses the N-Tech Hardware, N-Tech Software, and N-Creative training programs” (Animation and Scriptwriting).
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“The N-Knowledge program aims to provide young Nigerians with the necessary skills and certifications to enable them to work as competent workers, innovators, and entrepreneurs in both the domestic and global digital job market.” The N-Knowledge program aims to upskill 20,000 young Nigerians to put them on the map as exporters of world-class creative and information technology services and content. The 7,000-pound shortfall will be made up as soon as possible to meet the 20,000-pound target set for this tranche.
“This training component is aimed at developing youth competencies in software development, hardware training, and the creative industry, which is catalytic as well as the foundation for Nigeria to compete in the software development outsourcing market.”
“It will develop skills and capacities along the value chain of website development, mobile app maintenance, and start the talent development effort for the growth of Nigeria’s information technology industry,” says the statement.
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“The Ministry is committed to ensuring that all social intervention programs’ strategic objectives are achieved and sustained,” she said.
“Permit me at this time to express my gratitude to His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari, for his administration’s unwavering efforts in eradicating poverty in our country and for supporting and sustaining the National Social Investment Programs,” Umar-Farouq said.
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