In a bid to eradicate unemployment across the country, youths in Ondo State have been urged to take advantage of the N-power programme in order to be productive and be able to give back to the society.
This assertion was made by the Coordinator, N power, Ondo State chapter, Barrister Sola Ajisafe, during an exclusive interview with The Hope in his office in Akure.
Ajisafe said: "N-power is a continuous programme and we have been propagating it in the state from one community to the other, and we have been able to get across to our people through the traditional rulers, churches, mosques, corporate bodies and students' union leaders, among others.
"The programme is a federal government initiative, which the template and criteria for recruitment are well spelt out.
"The requirements for applying for the programme are; National Diploma (ND), National Certificate in Education (NCE), Higher National Diploma (HND), Bachelor of Science (BSc) and other allied certificates."
The Coordinator added that applicants must enter their data correctly, effectively and efficiently, noting that they must choose between certain professions, and be a Nigerian between the ages of 18 and 35 years regardless of what they studied in school.
He noted that the programme is not competitive, neither is it a full time employment. The programme is only for two years, and it is believed that within the two years, they must have engaged and practised some of the knowledge acquired in school.
He said the programme is designed in a way that "if in 3 months, you feel convinced that you have acquired enough experience, you can exit the programme, saying it is not compulsory you finish the programme, even while employed, if you get a better one, you can as well leave ."
He assured applicants that the programme would not be influenced by anybody, but the recruitment will be based on merit. When you meet up with the criteria, be rest assured that you will be selected.
"The essence of the N- power is to take unemployed youths off the street by training them in order to get them exposed to some certain things in life."
According to him, "what the government is concerned about is that they don't want a situation whereby our youths will be idle doing nothing.
"When youths are not engaged, it may lead to social dislocation and discontentment which may force them to embrace crime.
"The level of prostitution, sexually transmitted diseases, (STDs) and other social vices will be rampant in the society and it will be an additional expenses for the government to get rid of them," he said