The All Progressives Congress (APC)-led federal government has begun the process of fulfilling its campaign promise of recruiting 500,000 teachers across the country.
Laolu Akande, spokesman of Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, disclosed this in a statement issued on Wednesday.
The statement said those interested in the 500,000 Teacher Corps, nicknamed N-Power Teach, can apply through an internet portal named npower.gov.ng.
Akande said while the portal would be live on Saturday June 11, applications are expected to start coming in on June 12.
The statement said the portal is one of the three direct job creation and training schemes of the government, giving the remaining two as N-Power Knowledge, which will train 25,000 Nigerians in technology, and N-Power Build, which will train another 75,000 in building services, construction, utilities, hospitality and catering, automotive vocations, aluminium and gas services.
“The N-Power Teacher Corps initiative which will engage and train 500,000 young unemployed graduates, is a paid volunteer programme of a 2-year duration,” the statement read.
“Unemployed Nigerians selected and trained will play teaching, instructional, and advisory roles in primary, and secondary schools, agricultural extension systems across the country, public health and community education-covering civic and adult education.
“Besides their monthly take home pay estimated at about N23,000, the selected 500,000 graduates will also get computer devices that will contain information necessary for their specific engagement, as well as information for their continuous training and development.
“They get to keep the devices even after exiting from the programme.”