President Muhammadu Buhari administration has finally fulfilled one of its campaign promises with the selection of 200,000 graduates for the N-power programme.
A statement issued by Laolu Akande, special adviser on media to Professor Yemi Osinbajo, the vice president on media disclosed this in a statement yesterday.
It is important to explain, again, for the benefit of clarity, that the requirement for online application for the N-Power job scheme makes absolute sense considering that all together the Federal Government is planning to hire half a million unemployed Nigerian graduates.
We are all witnesses to the calamity that occurred in the past when a manual effort was made to hire large number of Nigerian youths. It led to needless deaths and outright chaos.
On the allegation that Borno State is not online and the people of the state will be discriminated against, he said:
Almost 15,000 Nigerians from Borno State applied in the first application series of N-Power schemes online. It is also not tenable to argue that people in Maiduguri for instance which today plays hosts to tonnes of international NGOs cannot apply online or are denied internet access.
He said the first batch has been completed and that BVN verification was all that was needed to start the payment.
On how the selection was done, the statement read:
Presidency officials collaborated actively with the Ministries of Agriculture & Natural Resources, Health and other government agencies all through the process. There were no foreign consultants involved, nor is one needed.
It added that selection of the first 200,000 graduates was based on three criteria; 40% selected based on the number of applications per state, a special mark-up for the 6 states of the Northeast and a discretionary addition for states with low numbers of applicants.