By Ayodele Oluwafemi
Over one million Nigerians, as at Friday, applied for the N-Power programme of the Federal Government within 48 hours of the opening of the registration portal.
The ministry of humanitarian affairs and disaster management and social development, in a statement, on Sunday, by its deputy director of information, Rhoda Iliya, said the number of applicants so far showed the number of youths who need jobs and the confidence in the scheme.
Iliya refuted online reports of the portal being hacked, while noting that the ministry is collaborating with its technical partners to serve applicants better.
In her words, “The ministry wishes to reiterate that all young Nigerians between the ages of 18-35 with or without formal education can apply for a slot in the new program which would be very focused on agriculture.
“The number of applications so far received is an indication of the number of our youths who need jobs and the confidence in the program.
“The ministry will continue to collaborate with its technical partners to provide timely support to all applicants.
“The selection process would be fair and transparent and the public would also be carried along at every stage.
“The portal is open for all Nigerians who meet the application criteria.”