Over 1m people have reportedly applied for the N-Power programme after the application portal was opened for 48 hours as revealed by the federal government.
Iliya said the applications for N-Power which is one of the national social investment programmes of the federal government targeted at ending poverty in the country, is an indication of the number of youths who need jobs and the confidence in the program.
The statement read;
“The ministry wishes to reiterate that all young Nigerians between the ages of 18-35 with or without formal education can apply for a slot in the new program which would be very focused on agriculture.
“The number of applications so far received is an indication of the number of our youths who need jobs and the confidence in the program.
“The ministry will continue to collaborate with its technical partners to provide timely support to all applicants.
“The selection process would be fair and transparent and the public would also be carried along at every stage.
“The portal is open for all Nigerians who meet the application criteria.”
The ministry also countered claim of hackers gaining access on the portal which was opened on 11:45pm on June 26, 2020 and closed on June 28, 2020.