The Presidency says it has completed the selection process for the employment of 200,000 graduates for the N-Power programme designed to engage 500,000.
The Senior Special Assistant to the Vice President on Media and Publicity, Laolu Akande, disclosed this in a statement on Thursday.
He said the “official engagement” of those selected was now awaiting the completion of BVN verification so that they would be paid directly.
On how the selection was done, he said: “Presidency officials collaborated actively with the Ministries of Agriculture and Health and other government agencies all through the process.
There were no foreign consultants involved, nor is one needed. To make up the selection of the first 200,000, there were three criteria thus: 40% selected based on the number of applications per state, a special mark-up for the 6 states of the northeast and a discretionary addition for states with low numbers of applicants.
“The Buhari Presidency has made very diligent and transparent efforts to ensure that the Social Investment Programmes do not repeat the errors of the past, and the attempt therefore to hurriedly compare the programmes with failed efforts of the past, like SURE-P, even at this early stage is simply baseless.”