N-Power has enrolled 500,000 so far, FG

N-Power has enrolled 500,000 so far, FG

To pay backlog of stipends as Batch C begins

By Joseph Erunke

THE federal authorities has mentioned a complete of 500,000 Nigerians have benefited to date within the N-Power scheme simply because it confirmed that enrolment for Batch C beneficiaries started yesterday, Friday, June 26, 2020, at 11.45 pm.

The Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, which mentioned this in an announcement Saturday evening by its Deputy Director of Press, Rhoda Iliya, gave the breakdown as 200,000 beneficiaries in Batch Some time 300,000 in Batch B.

Recall that Batch A began in September 2016 whereas Batch B kicked off in August 2018.

“The programme has enrolled 500,000 beneficiaries thus far – 200,000 from Batch A which started in September 2016 and 300,000 from Batch B which kicked off in August 2018,” the assertion mentioned.

It defined that beneficiaries had been “supposed to spend 24 months on the programme and were spread across the key industries targeted by the program – Agriculture, Health, Education, and Tax.”

“The enrolment of a new batch of beneficiaries is a sequel to far-reaching consultations and a review of the submissions on the reform and realignment of the programme for greater efficiency,” mentioned, including that: “This batch will focus on N-Teach; N-Health; N-Agro as well as N-Build, N-Creative and N-Tech.”

“Under the guidelines provided by the programme, N-Teach & N-Health are open only to graduates while graduates and non-graduates are eligible to apply to N-Agro as well as N- Build, N-Creative and N-Tech,” it pressured.

An announcement by the minister, Sadiya Umar Farouq famous that “by enrolling a new Batch, the N-Power programme (a key component of the National Social Investment Programme) is providing opportunities for more Nigerian youths to gain skills for employability and entrepreneurship. It is also providing a pipeline of skilled Nigerians to help rebuild the economy post-COVID 19.”

It learn additional: “Batches A and B beneficiaries will begin the transitioning course of on June 30 & July 31 respectively into entrepreneurship or employment for these beneficiaries who cross the psychometric exams to make manner for Batch C. Past beneficiaries are usually not eligible to take part within the utility course of for Batch-C.

“All eligible Nigerians aged 18-35 can be given a chance to take part in Batch-C which is able to use a clear and hybrid system which leverages know-how in addition to conventional technique of enrolment whereas prioritizing ladies and other people residing with disabilities as a result of PLWD makes up 15 per cent of our inhabitants.

“Applicants are inspired to have the next as they log in to use – BVN Number, present passport {photograph} (jpeg or png); e mail tackle and tutorial certification/certificates.

“The deliberate transition and exit, in addition to the graduation of enrolment of Batch C, was introduced on Friday, June 19, 2020. The announcement has generated quite a lot of curiosity within the conventional and social media areas.

“In the statement announcing the Ministry’s plans to streamline the programme for efficiency, the Ministry had noted that ”complete particulars for the brand new batch C can be introduced within the coming weeks.”

“In fulfilment of that promise the Ministry has now addressed a few of the key points.

“As per the programme design, N-Power beneficiaries are to not be absorbed into the civil service. They can be transitioned into employment for individuals who cross the psychometric exams whereas others would grow to be employers of labour. The Ministry is at the moment partaking with authorities counterparts and the non-public sector to soak up beneficiaries who meet the factors.

“Regarding N-Power beneficiaries who’re but to obtain their March, April and May stipends, the Ministry famous that their stipends are present process administrative processing within the workplace of the Accountant General.

“The Ministry is conscious that Batch B beneficiaries haven’t acquired the pill machine, nevertheless, the prevailing financial exigencies exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic has made this untenable. This is regretted.

“The N-Power Programme was inaugurated by President Muhammadu Buhari in 2016 under the National Social Investment Programme (NSIP) with the mandate of lifting citizens out of poverty through capacity building, investment, and direct support. This effort also contributes to the administration’s vision of lifting 100 million people out of poverty by creating opportunities to enhance the productivity of the Nigerian youth.”


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