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N-Power enrollment to commence next week

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Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development announced that the enrolment of the third batch of N-Power beneficiaries has been stipulated to commence next week.

The ministry took the enrollment decision, having consulted and reviewed submissions on the reform of the programme for greater efficiency.

Explaining the benefits of the program, the ministry said it’ll provide opportunities for more Nigerian youths to access the programme, in furtherance of the President’s vision of alleviating poverty , specifically about 100 million Nigerians.

The ministry disclosed in a statement by its Deputy Director Information ,Rhoda Iliya, on Friday that the current enrollees of the scheme (Batch A) will exit June 30, 2020 while (Batch B) will exit the programme on July 31, 2020.

Minister Sadiya Farouq’s statement read in parts : “We have commenced the transitioning of beneficiaries from Batches A and B into government entrepreneurship schemes and engaging private sector bodies to absorb some of the beneficiaries after the completion of psychometric assessment to determine competency and placement into various opportunities.

“The Federal government is committed to the continuation and expansion and as such will now begin enrolment and onboarding of a new Batch of beneficiaries.

Skills acquisition for entrepreneurship and job creation are critical for an economy that will require a boost post-COVID-19 and we are gearing up proactively for the challenge.”

As regards the mode of application, the ministry said: “Applications will be conducted using a hybrid system of enrolment to ensure that all Nigerians are given an opportunity to participate. As a Ministry that caters for the vulnerable, we will also make special considerations for Persons living with disabilities.

“The online portal would be open to receive applications from noon on June 26, 2020 and will provide a level playing field for all applicants.

“As part of the Ministry’s reforms to make the programme more efficient, all applicants must supply their Bank Verification Number (BVN) in their application to ensure a streamlined and transparent selection process.”

The ministry further explained that it will review submissions and publish a list of successful applicants, as soon as applications are submitted, adding that comprehensive details for the new batch will be announced in the coming weeks.

In clarification ,past beneficiaries will not be eligible to participate in the application process, the ministry said.

Note that 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.

The programme has since enrolled 500,000 beneficiaries so far with 200,000 from Batch A which started in September 2016 and 300,000 from Batch B which kicked off in August 2018.

Thestipulated period for for the programme were 12 months and beneficiaries were spread across the key industries targeted by the programme; agriculture, health, education, and tax.

Reported by: Fatimah Oyesanmi

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