N-Power, Federal Government’s youth empowerment scheme, on Wednesday disclosed that it has selected 12,000 unemployed youths for the second phase of its programme in Kano State.
Speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, in Kano, the State Commissioner for Budget and Planning, Hajiya Aisha Jafar-Yusuf said the list of the successful applicants had been displayed at the headquarters of the 44 local government areas of the state.
Jafar-Yusuf said that the applicants would soon be posted to the various organisations for them to commence work.
The commissioner said, “During the first phase of the N-Power registration; only 23, 000 youths registered, but with the government’s support more than 60,000 youths registered under the second phase.
“So, out of 60, 000 youths that registered,12, 000 applicants were successful this time around, because we have been able to mobilise our youths.”
Jafar-Yusuf urged the successful applicants to make the best use of the opportunity provided by the N-power programme to become self-reliant and enhance their socio-economic status.
She expressed the hope that the Federal Government would in subsequent phases of the programme give Kano State a special consideration for more slots in view of its population.
The commissioner commended the Federal Government for introducing the programme, which she said was designed to reduce the rate of unemployment among the youth in the country.