Osinbajo talks about NPower, reveals FG’s future plans
NPower will be expanded to accommodate 1 million beneficiaries in the next phase, Vice-President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo says.
He said this in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Office of the Vice-President, Mr Laolu Akande in Abuja on Tuesday.
“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.
He said the Federal Government was working on creating the enabling environment to ensure that beneficiaries as well as other unemployed Nigerians become useful to themselves.
“So, we are doing roads and rail, providing power; that is the way we can develop industry.
“We are energising our markets at the moment, putting solar power in the markets.
“We have designated 300 markets, we have done Ariaria in the South-East, Sabon Gari in Kano, Surat in Lagos, Isikan in Ondo, Gbagi in Oyo and we are expanding so that more people can work.”