N-power Batch C: After Screening Test what Next | a must read

Following the launch of the N-power Batch C on the NASIMS platform www.nasims.gov.ng and commencement of the selection/screening Test on https://onlinetest.nasims.gov.ng, controversy has trailed the possible "cut off" mark for the selection, and the next stages of the N-power Batch C engagement processes.

It has become imperative on this note to restate that as at this moment, no official cut off mark has been mentioned by the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, and competition on who would be selected before the other is Local Government of Residence based.

What this means is, each applicant is competing with those in his Local Government of Residence. Hence, if the highest score in a Local Government is 60% and number of candidates to be selected in the local Government is 500, then selection will begin from those who scored 60%  down to when 500 candidates have been chosen. Also, if the highest score in a Local Government is 100%, and 1000 candidates would be selected, selection will begin from 100% down to when 1000 candidates have been selected.

A question may have been in your mind after reading paragraph 3 on why the local Government distribution of expected candidates may vary. It is so because some local Governments are in the cities with large number of applicants. Some LGAs in the cities have more than 50,000 applicants from different local governments of Origin who are "resident" in that area. Competition will be high in such Local Governments and selection will be tough when compared to rural communities with 3,000 applicants.

Related: N-power Batch C to favour Applicants in rural LGAs and Communities

So what happens after the N-power Batch C Screening Test?

The following are next stages of the engagement processes which would be used to further trim the above 4 million applicants to the expected number of 500,000 beneficiaries in the Batch C N-power Programme.

1. Pre-selection

The first step after the Test is pre-selection of candidate who met specified criteria as earlier discussed.

Asides the mark scored by an individual, certain factors such as time taken to write the test, number of attempts, number of applicants in LGA of Residence, Category applied for, conformity to test rules and qualification are used to place candidates on the Pre-selection list which will be released soon.

Many applicants have already been trashed out as result of inability to take the Test, Test portal time out, network impediments during Test, disobedience to the Test rules, and very low performance in the Test.

2. Physical Screening/Verification

This will be Local Government (of Residence) based and will be basically conducted through a combined effort of the State Social Investment Programme Office and the National Orientaion Agency, NOA.

The 500,000 candidates will be Pre-selected to go down to their LGAs to present "themselves" and their Education Certificates (which they claimed to possess during application) to the appropriate authorities for assassement of Authenticity with their application data and Genuity of such certificates.

Here, Age, Educational Qualification, NYSC Discharge if applicable, ID Card, Local Government Identification, Residential Address using Utility bills etc and Application data will be compared and screened.

Candidates who are faulted by the above criteria will be dropped and candidates from the same LGA of Residence will be pre-selected to under go the physical screening, and replace them.

This process will take about 1 week.

3. Final List

After the screening, successful data will be communicated from each State to the "Center" through official processes we intend not to disclose here.

This will form the official list of Batch C N-power Beneficiaries which would be uploaded on the NASIMS Portal www.nasims.gov.ng for the view of all Nigerians.

4. Deployment

Candidates in the final list will be deployed to Schools, Health Facilities, Agricultural Zones/Blocks/Circles, or Training Centers depending on the Category one applied for, in the State of Residence and most preferably, Local Government of Residence.

Currently, those in the Graduate Category (Education and Health) will be deployed to work for 1 year on a stipend of N30,000.

Those in Non-Graduate Category such as Agro (formerly a graduate category), Tech etc will be deployed accordingly for a period of 6 months on a less Stipend yet to be officially disclosed.

Note that if an applicant is unable to get Batch C, the applicant should be warming up for another Test before the end of this year for N-power Batch D.

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