FG Increases N-Power Age Limit to 40 Years and Aims to Employ 5 Million Jobs in 5 Years
The federal government has increased the age limit for the N-Power program. Previously, only individuals between the ages of 18 and 35 could enroll.
Now, those up to 40 years old can join. The goal of this change is to provide job opportunities to five million young people over the next five years.
Dr. Akindele Egbuwalo, the N-Power National Programme Manager, addressed concerns about the program’s recent temporary halt. He explained that this pause was part of a plan to reshape and grow the N-Power program.
The new structure will now aim to include one million new participants every year for the next five years. The program will now also be open to a broader age range.
Dr. Egbuwalo highlighted that the improved N-Power initiative will offer more programs than before. These will focus on areas like education, health, construction, agriculture, technology, fashion, entertainment, and other skills that can lead to jobs.
He mentioned that, moving forward, the N-Power program would prioritize transparency and responsibility. “We want to make sure the program is fair and honest,” he said. This change comes after discovering some participants were abusing the system.
For example, some had stopped being active in the program since 2022 but still expected to get paid. Others did not attend their assigned jobs but still received their monthly stipends.
Because of these issues, the program needed to be stopped temporarily to conduct a thorough review. Dr. Egbuwalo stated, “We need to check how many people are in the program, who has left, who is owed money, and whether they actually went to their jobs.”
He promised that after this review, all honest participants with valid claims will be paid any money they are owed by the federal government
Source: Npower News Today