N-Power on Thursday narrated the process it took in arriving at the list of the 300,000 pre-selected candidates that was released recently, saying the method was an improvement on the lesson learnt in 2016.

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Osinbajo visits N-Power Headquarters, extend application closing date

The statement also said out of  2,543,079 applications, only 2,258,266 who scaled through the BVN validation stage were invited for test but only 1,746, 454 honoured to attempt the online assessment test which ended on August 31.

Criteria used for selecting candidates include achieving equity, linking selection to population using Federal Constituencies, addressing Demand Distribution of Unemployed Graduates amongst others.

The information also revealed that Lagos had the highest application of 174,994, followed by 145,773 in Rivers and 133,281 in Oyo.

Lowest application of candidates comes from Sokoto 22,501; Bayelsa 23,659 and Gombe with 27,980.

The scheme, however, did not give the breakdown of successful candidates selected from each state or the details selected in each category. Although, it earlier stated that 7,500 would be selected in N-Tax category.

The statement read:

“The N-Power programme commenced in 2016. The first 200,000 N-Power beneficiaries were selected from 350,000 Graduate applications.

“In 2017, the N-Power portal opened up for Graduate applications on the 13th of June. Applications received were 403% more than the Graduate applications received in 2016. As at the time, the application process closed in July 27th, 2017, 2,543,079 people had applied for the N-Power Graduate Programmes.

“In 2017, N-Power is committed to improving on the lessons learnt in 2016.

“To avoid some payment issues that plague(d) the 2016 beneficiaries, the BVN validation stage was introduced. Here, applicants whose names didn’t match their BVN were precluded from proceeding to the Assessment Test phase stage.

“2,258,266 people scaled through the BVN validation stage. They were consequently invited to proceed to the Assessment Test Phase. 1,746, 454 people honoured that invitation.

In selecting the 300,000, we took the following into consideration

1.BVN Validation and Online Assessment

2.Achieving equity

3.Linking selection to population using Federal Constituencies

4.Addressing Demand Distribution of Unemployed Graduates

5.Taking into account, Deployment/Utilization issues from 2016

6.Correcting Deployment/Utilization challenges among 2016 N-Power beneficiaries

7.Rural-Urban Distribution Balance. Priority was given to the Rural Areas especially N-Agro applicants

8.Programme Allocation – Teach/Agric/Health

“300,000 have been pre-selected for the physical verification stage. Applicants and the general public must note that pre-selection does not equate Final selection.

Infographics below shows the selection criteria in detail:

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