Deployment of graduates who applied for the Federal Government jobs, otherwise called N-Power jobs has begun in Benue, Cross River and Kogi states.
This was disclosed by the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity in the Office of the Vice President,Mr. Laolu Akande while giving an update on the programme yesterday.
He said 10 other states have submitted the verified list of graduates. They include Adamawa, Bauchi, Gombe, Jigawa, Katsina, Niger, Plateau, Sokoto, Taraba and Zamfara States.
He added that payment of the N30,000 stipends for the graduates would commence this month once verification and deployment were done.
Akande added: “Under the N-Power Volunteer Scheme, the Federal Government announced the selection and engagement of 200,000 unemployed graduates as the first batch of the half a million the Buhari administration plans to hire for the 2-year paid volunteer job programme.”
He also stated that the present government was determined to create jobs for the youths.
He said: “While the Federal Government is responsible for their monthly stipends, it is in partnership with state governments to verify the selected unemployed graduates and deploy them to their primary places of assignment since each of the volunteer graduates would be serving in their communities where they are resident. “In virtually all the states of the federation, the verification has commenced and there are indications that much progress would be made this week in order to enable the Federal Government process the monthly payments of the already verified graduates before Christmas. “The Buhari administration is keen on ensuring that the selected 200,000 graduates are able to draw their stipends starting this month, as plans have been concluded to release the funds once verification is completed.
States have been very cooperative in working with the Federal Government so much that even in states that have not completed verification by weekend, much activities are going on towards attaining that goal.”