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N-Power to employ 1m Nigerians – Osinbajo

by Israel Akintunji

The N-Power programme of the Buhari-led administration will be expanded to accommodate 1 million beneficiaries in the next phase.

Vice-President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo said this in a statement released by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Office of the Vice-President, Mr Laolu Akande in Abuja on Tuesday.

Akande quoted Osinbajo as having made the disclosure when he responded to questions at a town hall meeting in Abuja. The vice-president said that N-Power was borne out of the growing need for government direct intervention in job creation.

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“The idea of N-Power is supposed to be government own programme of direct employment and training. “At the moment, we have taken up to 500,000 and in the next phase, we are looking at another 200,000 and closely followed by another 300,000.

“In all, we will be employing up to a million; and that will be the largest post-tertiary job programme in the entire Africa. “The reason why we have done this is because of the employment problems that we have, we may not be able to engage everybody but at least, government must give some direct provision of jobs,“ Osinbajo said.

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