Tuesday, 20 February 2018



The N-power program of the Federal Government of Nigeria seems to have come to stay. The program has sections for both graduates and non-graduates as well. Details of the N-power program is explained below.

WHAT IS N-Power?

First things first, N-Power is a job creation and empowerment programme of the National Social Investment Programme of the Federal Government of Nigeria. 

The N-Power programme is for young Nigerians between the ages of 18 and 35. In 2016, through N-Power, the Federal Government engaged and deployed 200,000 young Nigerians in public primary schools, primary healthcare centres and in agriculture development project centres in all the Local Government Areas in Nigeria. This has been the largest post-tertiary engagement of human resources in Africa. This year, the N-Power Volunteer Corps is enlisting 300,000 more volunteers to bring the number to the promised 500,000 N-Power Volunteers.


Nigeria has the benefit of a young population that can catalyse a productive economy. Although current youth unemployment realities appear arduous, the scale presents an underlying opportunity. Tapping Nigeria’s youthful demographic edge through largescale and appropriate skills development improves the prospects of economic growth and social inclusion. Large-scale skills development, an imminent social and economic imperative, lies at the heart of the Federal Government’s 2017-2020 development plan- the Nigeria Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (NERGP). The NERGP identifies and prioritises the large-scale development of relevant skills for young citizens as a key driver of job creation and economic growth. By this investment through the National Social Investment Programme (NSIP), the Federal Government is playing a crucial role in bolstering the human capital of the nation’s workforce. The Federal Government’s aggressive investment in youth development also targets some of the perennial inadequacies in public services- low teacher to pupil ratio in public primary schools; high rate of preventable diseases; lack of science and knowledge to bolster agriculture production; and a lack of enough taxable persons within the tax net. In introducing N-Power, the Federal Government provides a structure not only for large scale and relevant work skills acquisition and development; but also utilising a large volunteer workforce to fix some of the problems in public services and stimulating the larger economy. In addition, N-Power is also a tool for diversifying the economy. Particularly, N-Power Agro provides not only the means to apply knowledge and science to our farming practices, but also to gather data for effective planning. With the Non-Graduate category (N-Power Knowledge and N-Power Build), young Nigerians are trained to build a knowledge economy equipped with world-class skills and certification to become relevant in the domestic and global markets. N-Power also focuses on providing our non-graduates with relevant technical and business skills that enhance their work outlook and livelihood.


  • To intervene and directly improve the livelihood of a critical mass of young unemployed Nigerians.
  • To develop a qualitative system for the transfer of employability, entrepreneurial and technical skills.
  • To create an ecosystem of solutions for ailing public services and government diversification policies.
  • To develop and enhance Nigeria’s knowledge economy.


Graduate Category

  • N-Power Volunteer Corps

Non-Graduate Category

  • N-Power Knowledge
  • N-Power Build


As at June 2017 Application were not open to the Non-Graduate Category, which comprises N-Power Knowledge and N-Power Build. The selection of successful beneficiaries in the Non-Graduate Category from the 2016 Application was however underway. The training and engagement of all successful non-graduate beneficiaries soon commenced in batches there after.


The N-Power Volunteer Corps is the post-tertiary engagement initiative for Nigerians between 18 and 35. It is a paid volunteering programme of a 2-year duration. The graduates will undertake their primary tasks in identified public services within their proximate communities. All N-Power Volunteers are entitled to computing devices that will contain information necessary for their specific engagement, as well as information for their continuous training and development. In 2016, the Federal Government engaged 200,000 N-Power Volunteers. In 2017, the Federal Government is enlisting 300,000 more.The June 2017 Application is only open to the Graduate Category- the N-Power Volunteer Corps. N-Power volunteers will provide teaching, instructional, and advisory solutions in 4 key areas.


N-Power Teach Volunteers will help improve basic education delivery in Nigeria. N-Power Teach Volunteers will be deployed as teacher assistants in primary schools around Nigeria. They will not replace the current teachers but will work as support teachers across Nigeria, assisting with teaching, school management and other functions within the schools. Where possible, they will also assist in taking basic education to children in marginalized communities.


Selection Preference

N-Power Teach is open to all graduates. However, graduates that have majored in education (either at NCE or B.SC level) are encouraged to apply.

N-Power Teach (STEM)

N-Power Teach (STEM) is a component of the N-Power Teach programme. Through this programme, young graduates with the skills and interest in computer programming and other related fields will assist in the implementation of the Federal Government’s STEM Programme for primary and secondary schools

Discipline Requirements

Post-tertiary qualification in any of the following courses
  • Computer Science
  • Computer Engineering
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Information Systems or similar courses Preferred Skills/Experiences
  • Computer Programming
  • Computer Graphics Design
  • Computer Generated Images Development  
  • Animation
  • Server Administration
  • Database Management
  • Networking

N-Power Health

 N-Power Health Volunteers will help improve and promote preventive healthcare in their communities to vulnerable members of the society including pregnant women and children and to families and individuals. Selection Preference


Post-tertiary qualification in any of the following courses
  • Community Health Extension (JCHEW & SCHEW)
  • Nursing
  • Midwifery
  • Medical Laboratory Technology
  • Pharmacy Technology
  • Medical Records
  • Health Education
  • Environmental Health Technology
  • Microbiology
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
  • Agricultural Science and other allied disciplines.


Post-tertiary qualification in any of the following courses
  • OND
  • HND
  • RN
  • RM
  • B. Tech
  • B. Sc


Post-tertiary qualification from any of the following courses
  • Schools of Health Technology
  • Nursing Schools
  • Midwifery Schools
  • Polytechnics
  • Universities

N-Power Agro

N-Power Agro Volunteers will provide advisory services to farmers across the country. They will disseminate the knowledge that has been aggregated by the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development in the area of extension services. They will also gather data of Nigeria’s agriculture assets.


Bachelor’s degree, HND or OND in Nutrition, Agricultural Sciences, Agricultural Economics, Agronomy, Animal Science, Crop Science, Food Science & Technology, and other agro related disciplines.


The Voluntary Asset and Income Declaration Scheme (VAIDS) seeks to encourage non-compliant and partially compliant taxpayers to voluntarily declare their correct income and assets and pay the appropriate tax due to the government.

A minimum of 3,700 N-Power VAIDS volunteers will be selected to assist in attaining the objectives of VAIDS, working with the Federal Ministry of Finance and the Joint Tax Board.

The N-Power VAIDS volunteers will function as community tax liaison officers and will have the following key responsibilities which will include tax promotion, document review, record keeping, answering online inquiries, customer management, report writing, amongst others.

The Scheme is designed for 1 year after which N-Power VAIDS volunteers who have performed commendably might be offered job opportunities by the relevant tax authorities. Others who remain on the N-Power Programme and have not secured jobs will be transferred to N-Power Teach to conclude the remainder 1 year.

Selection Preference


Bachelor’s degree, HND or OND in Accounting, Economics, Law, Business Administration, Banking &Finance and other allied disciplines in the social sciences.

SOURCE: www.npower.gov.ng



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