200,000 unemployed graduates to start work in 2 weeks – Osinbajo

Vice President Professor Yemi Osinbajo says 200,000 unemployed graduates selected from the government’s N-Power volunteer scheme will start work in two weeks time.

Osinbajo made this disclosure over the weekend while speaking at the Apostolic Coalition Summit in Lagos, according to a statement by the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Office of the Vice President, Laolu Akande.

He gave the breakdown saying 150,000 will be employed as teachers, 30,000 will serve as Agric extension workers, while the remaining 20,000 will be engaged as public health workers.

He explained that the programme should have commenced “as at October  31, 2016, but is delayed on account of the fact that we are trying to get  as many of  the equipments that we require,” referring to the tablets that would be given to all the 500,000 N-power undergraduate participants.

He added that the participants will also have a device  “and that device has a lot of training  brochures, different  forms of training  brochures  and it’s also a device that  enables them to be able to, on a continuous  basis, learn different  things, some  code-writing, some entrepreneurial skills. There are lot of varieties of material that can be learned on the device. The device is also a means  of  communicating with them wherever  they may be in the country.”

He noted that “at the moment close to a million  graduates  have registered on the volunteered scheme and we should be doing the  first 200,000 in the next 14 days or so, we should be able to get started with the first 200,000 across the country.”

Osinbajo said the graduates would be paid by the Federal Government but state governments had a role to play in the deployment of the graduates to needed areas.

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