Nigerian govt records 400,000 applications in 36 hours of opening jobs portal

FILE PHOTO: Thousands of young Nigerians jostled for 11 job positions in UNTH Enugu, South East Nigeria

The newly launched jobs portal of the Buhari administration at โ€œN-Power.gov.ng,โ€ has recorded over 400,000 successful registrations since it opened for submissions at on Sunday, June 12, 2016, according to the job creation unit in the presidency.

โ€œWe have been very impressed by the enthusiastic response to the call for applications. As at noon on Monday June 13, only 36 hours after the launch of the portal, 403, 528 applicants had successfully registered on the site and were in the middle of completing the application process,โ€ said Mr. Afolabi Imoukhede, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Job Creation.

โ€œWe are also very pleased that the registrations have been taking place without any hitches or system failures, considering the volume of response.โ€

All together the website has received over 35 million hits since Saturday midnight, the presidency said in a statement on Monday signed by Laolu Akande, a spokesperson for Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.

The jobs scheme, known as โ€œN-Powerโ€, is one of the five initiatives of the Social Investment Programmes of the Federal Government of Nigeria, described by President Muhammadu Buhari in his Democracy Day Speech as โ€œby far the most ambitious social protection programme in our historyโ€.

A total sum of N500 billion has been provided for the programme in the 2016 Budget, an unprecedented development in Nigeriaโ€™s budget history.

N-Power is designed to help young Nigerians acquire and develop life-long skills to become solution providers in their communities and to become players in the domestic and global markets.

It will provide employment opportunities for 500,000 graduates as teachers, agriculture extension advisers, healthcare assistants, and civic and adult education instructors in communities across Nigeria.

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