N-Power: 500,000 volunteers disengaged as FG enrols fresh 400,000

By Rukayat Akanbi

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Nigeria’s Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development has on Tuesday, June 30 disengaged the Batch A and B beneficiaries of the Npower– a branch of Social Investment Programme.

The Minister, Sadiya Umar Farouq in a statement she signed on Tuesday on the disengagement said the Batch A have been exited from the programme that was initiated in December 2016 to reduce increasing unemployment among the youths in their post tertiary education.

Earlier last week the ministry has announced that the first Batch (A) would be exited on 30th of June while Batch B beneficiaries would be disengaged on 31st of July, 2020 while the registration of the Batch C has commenced since 26th of June.

According to Farouq: “The COVID-19 pandemic has thrown up huge challenges that have impacted us negatively across the spectrum for our health to the economy and taken a serious humanitarian toll on our lives. “As we battle the pandemic it is our duty as public servants in government to intervene where needed by continuing to provide the lifeline for continuity as government continues its acceleration towards providing an enabling environment for businesses to create sustainable jobs.

“This imperative because post Covid-19, the Nigerian economy, like most economies around the world, will requires boost to recover from the economic effects of the pandemic.” She added that the step is the major reason the government has commenced enrolment of Batch C which is providing opportunities for more Nigerian youths to gain skills for employability and entrepreneurship. She also noted that programme would provide a pipeline of skilled workers to help rebuild the economy post-Covid-19.

The ministry said in 48 hours, over 1,000,000 young men and women have submitted their applications on the portal in their bid to gain an opportunity of participating in the N-Power programme. “So the transitioning and exit of Batch A and B which begins today, June 30 and which terminates on July 31.”

Farouq further said that: “The transition is not a punitive action. It is rather a proactive intervention to help upskill your brothers and sisters and assist them further along on their journey through life.”At the last count about 109,823 beneficiaries from Batch A and B have gone on to set up businesses in their communities, underlining and highlighting the impact and imperative of the N-Power programme,” she added.

Npower programme which is one of the National Social investment programme (N-SIP) had on November 21, 2016 and 2017 published names of the successful applicants where 500,000 Nigerians were selected to start work as teachers, agric & health workers in their communities by December 1, 2016 while the Batch B was enrolled in 2018.

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