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On Monday, February 24, 2020, the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development announced that the N-Power programme and other components of N-SIP would be overhauled.
First thing that comes to the mind of most of the beneficiaries of the programme is: the decision of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led APC government to end the youth empowerment programme which came into effect in 2016.
Federal Government is ending the programme provided the All Progressive Congress (APC) is still in power.
In this post, we’ll break down the statement issued by the Assistant Director of Information, Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajia Rhoda Ishaku Iliya entitled, “FG to overhaul National Social Investment Programmes” (N-SIP)
Things to know about N-SIP
The N-SIP houses four major components, they include:
- Government Enterprise and Empowerment Programme (GEEP)
- Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT)
- National Home Grown Feeding Programme (NHGSP)
The above components are under the N-SIP which the Minister Hajia Sadiya Umar Farouq said would be overhauled.
N-Power Overhaul, what does it really mean and what you need to know
Overhauling N-Power and other NSIP components means that the government wants to re-evaluate the programme.
Some of the things the government will be doing include:
Replace any of the components that isn’t working as it should.
Make the necessary change to any of the components that isn’t providing the needed results for a better improvement.
10 Things To Know About Buhari’s Plan To Overhaul N-Power and N-SIP Components
1) To ensure maximum transparency, greater efficiency and more prudent application of resources.
2) The APC-led government will be undertaking and and enforcing due diligence in the National Social Investment Programmes (NSIPs)
3) It will also be enforcing more compliance from beneficiaries
4) Erring N-Power volunteers will be kicked out of the programme as they are parasites to the programme
5) The Buhari-led government also plans to remove middle men from the programme, the N-SIP is designed to the vulnerable people in Nigeria.
6) This also means that the N-Power 2016 batch should be ready to be exited from the programme.
7) Erring 2017 batch of youth empowerment programme will affect erring beneficiaries who do not report at their places of Place of Primary Assignment. The government is aware of this and it seems its ready to kick out the parasites among them.
8) Part of the overhauling include to institutionalising the NSIPs, this is because the government spends billions of tax payers money on the programme monthly.
9) Beneficiaries may continue to experience delay in payment of stipend as the overhauling of the N-Power programme continues.
10) Civil servants who have been collecting monthly stipend illegally may be prosecuted or lose their jobs if they are caught to be among N-Power or other N-SIP beneficiaries.
In the communique signed by the ministry’s director of information, “The Ministry and its agencies will continue to render services to Nigerians in humanitarian situations effectively, deliver relief to those affected by disasters, evolve and implement policies that drive social development and facilitate economic inclusion for the benefit of the most vulnerable in the country.”
We’ll keep you updated as new development unfolds.