The Presidency yesterday claimed that the newly-launched job portal of the Federal Government, “N-Power. gov.ng”, has recorded over 400,000 successful registrations since it opened for submission on Sunday, June 12, 2016.
The claims came amid unconfirmed reports that the portal broke down hours after it was launched, as a result of the volume of the applications.
A statement by the media office of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo yesterday said the Federal Government was impressed by the enthusiastic response of Nigerians going by the huge number of applications so far received since it started receiving the applications.
The statement quoted Afolabi Imoukhede, the Senior Special Assistant on Job Creation, as saying: “As at noon on Monday, June 13, only 36 hours after the launch of the portal, 403,528 applicants had successfully registered on the site and were in the middle of completing the application process,
“We are also very pleased that the registrations have been taking place without any hitches or system failures, considering the volume of response. All together, the website has received over 35 million hits since Saturday midnight.
“The jobs scheme, known as ‘N-Power’, is one of the five initiatives of the social investment programmes of the Federal Government described by President Muhammadu Buhari in his Democracy Day speech as “by far the most ambitious social protection programme in our history.
“A total sum of N500 billion has been provided for the programme in the 2016 budget, an unprecedented development in Nigeria’s budget history.”