There is chronic graduate unemployment in Nigeria.

The Muhammad Buhari-led Federal Government is trying to address this by providing ad hoc employment to some of these graduates through a social intervention programme called N-Power.

After about a year of implementation, the government is now saying that over 176,160 graduate beneficiaries had so far been deployed under the programme.

This was made known in excerpts of a book entitled: ‘‘Making Steady, Sustainable Progress for Nigeria’s Peace and Prosperity: A Mid-Term Report Card on the Buhari Administration’’.

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The book is authored by the Presidential Media Team, to be presented by APC National Leader Bola Tinubu and reviewed by Prince Tony Momoh on November 16.

According to the book, the N-Power programme, which has reached 200,000 graduate beneficiaries from all 36 states including the FCT, has deployed 176, 160 beneficiaries.

It stated that out of the 25, 840 selected applicants left, 11, 884 beneficiaries were disqualified (after physical verification) or had incomplete records.

It further added that the remaining 13, 956 beneficiaries were absent from physical verification.

It noted that 46% of the total 200, 000 beneficiaries selected were female to ensure gender balance while 1, 126 applicants with disabilities emerged successful.

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